Marco Polo, the famous medieval traveler, tells of a great desert near the town of Lop where evil spirits lured travelers to destruction by means of an extraordinary delusion.
If a traveler had fallen behind the caravan & was by himself, he would hear his name called in a familiar tone of voice. Thinking it was the voice of a companion or a friend; he would leave the road & follow the voice & so perish.
Probably no such place as Marco Polo describes ever existed. Nevertheless, what he relates is a parable which describes the temptation of a friend.
The temptations which come to us through friendship are often the most dangerous.
1 Cor 10: 13 (CEV): “You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.”
“Ability to resist temptation is directly proportionate to your submission to God.” - Ed Cole.