For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Hebrews 4:15

Jesus was tempted by his desires, but he did not sin; we are given this as a great example and hope. Christians now must decide to place this pattern in the front of our minds and to understand what it means for our conduct and our everyday lives. It means that in order to glorify God and to shine a good example among our fellow people, we can show that we are subject to the same desires as others but we do not sin. This requires humility.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

The impulses for various transgressions, like greed, are rooted in a desire that is not evil in and of itself, like a desire to earn money for one’s own survival and even prosperity on Earth. The difference between the man Jesus and you and I is that he never lost his heavenly perspective. Instead he approached the throne of god continually. This requires humility as well.

Ethan Kirl