We learned yesterday that we are tempted by our own natural desire to sin. In other words, we like to sin. Temptation would have no effect on us if we didn’t want to do the things we are tempted to do. Today's verse shows us the sad result of giving in to temptation...
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:15)
Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, but He did not sin! He was pure and holy, and had no desire to sin.
Our sin is not in being tempted; but in giving in to the temptation. That is when sin is born, and if not dealt with right away, it will grow into something big and ugly! It can even lead to death. That can refer to physical death caused by reckless living. It can refer to spiritual death, when a person leaves this life and is separated from God for all eternity. That will not happen to believers who are covered by the blood of Jesus, but Christians can still experience a death of fellowship with God when they fall into sin.
Sin is like an ugly monster that just keeps growing and growing. The bigger it gets, the tougher it is to get rid of. So let’s ask the Holy Spirit to nip it in the bud, before it has a chance to grow.
Today’s Good News is that God can change our desires from sinful ones to holy ones.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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