How Sin Develops
The graphic below illustrates James 1:15 and will help you understand how sin starts and how to destroy it before it is too late.
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.
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.
Pay close attention - daily - to the things you desire. When you find yourself trusting, fearing, coveting or loving something more than God, remove your sinful passions and desires (Galatians 5:24) and rest your satisfaction in Christ.