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Conflict within a human person between his or her own desires and the will of God. What naturally pleases is not always good. This is the fight of the spirit versus the flesh -- human will against human passions, whether bodily or spiritual. This internal struggle varies in intensity for different persons and at different times. Although often difficult, with divine grace it is always possible to overcome self in conflict with the known will of God.
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