Today I was presented this Question: What’s the difference between Temptation and Sin?
I go a few places when I hear this…
Genesis 3.- the fall. Eat an apple, that God says not to. Sin. *_this has always been a hard one for me to look at… going. MAN. Not only is it a sin to drink too much, but if I were to bite a freaking apple, and God said not to… SIN.
Romans 14, and James to find… God does not tempt. And if you don’t do the good you think you ought to, you Sin. Both of those raise the bar enough for me.
The temptation- the only temptation, known to man- is anything that says that God should not be the absolute most important thing in your life. Desires, things within your heart that may not be pure, or of God, are NOT from Him, but of YOU, the Devil or the World, and in essence, SINFUL. This is a tough point. Just go to James 4.1-3.
Webster’s definition- Tempt- to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain.
Jesus Christ is our ONLY gain. There is no GAIN outside of Christ, No Joy is Complete, outside of him. You may think you have Joy there, but at whatever point that is, have you not Christ, you have nothing. It is fleeting fulfillment. Temptation is largely a heart matter, and can easily turn to sin. The fact that you notice beauty is instinctual and natural. If you take that beauty and distort it into lust, competition, covetousness, jealousy, anger, bitterness etc. That’s sin.
– If not faith, Sin. Everything that does not come from faith is sin… Romans 14.23
– stand, and get a crown… of life, that is.
James 1.12-17… Blessed is the man that perseveres under trial, he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those that love him.
– God does not tempt.
13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17Every good and perfect gift is from above
– Don’t do the good you know you should. Sin.
James 4.17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.