James 1:15: “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
James lays out how sin develops in a person’s life:
- lust (sinful desire) is conceived in the heart,
- it gives birth to sin (it manifests itself in sinful behavior),
- it causes damage in their life and leads to death.
The graphic below illustrates the process and the necessity of killing sin at its root:
When lust gives birth to sin, it presents itself through sinful behavior – words, actions, choices, neglect in relationships, etc.
Sin causes damage in your life and works death: death of joy, peace, a clear conscience, relationships, etc.
Sin must be killed at its root: lust, which is sinful desire. When we look for ultimate satisfaction outside of Christ and trust, fear or love something more than God (Exodus 20:3), sin finds fertile soil and begins to take root. If we crave and long for something and push God’s Word aside, we reap what we sow.
Μόνο ο Χριστός: In Christ Alone
Pay close attention – daily – to the things you desire. When you find yourself trusting, fearing, coveting or loving something more than God, remove the your sinful passions and desires (Galatians 5:24) and rest your satisfaction in Christ.