Here’s the deal; temptation is real. It comes in many forms. It can come as addiction, flashback to our pre-Jesus days, distractions, hedonism, materialism, egoism, lust, pride and more. We can fall to it and let sin win. We can be afflicted by it yet stand strong. But first we have got to recognize its existence and significance in our lives. The world is constantly tempting you and pulling you away from God's purpose for your life, so much so that you end up thinking it's you. You think it's a natural "stage" of life. You may even end up believing that is how you were made and just accepting the condition of your mind and emotions.
When you love and care for others it is inevitable that at some point you will feel loss, rejection, disappointment, hurt, or pain. It is the human condition. That's the risk one takes when they let people in or put themselves out there. Why else do so many swear off love, keep people at a distance, or avoid getting involved in community or fellowship? They've been hurt.