Escape the Snare of the Devil
And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Paul’s advice to his “son” in the faith, the younger minister Timothy, included instruction about “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth” (verse 25). This led to Paul’s statement of hope that those who are corrected might “escape the snare of the devil.”
Satan uses many snares and traps to deceive and enslave human beings. He tricks people into doing his will by giving them alluring temptations. He enhances our natural desires, pride and selfishness. And he even convinces people that his evil ways are actually good!
It takes repentance—turning from doing Satan’s will to doing God’s will—and seeking God’s help to escape from Satan’s clutches.
For more about repentance and escaping from Satan’s traps, see “Snares of the Devil,” “What Is Repentance?” and “Temptation.”