James 1:14,15 - But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.
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Who is responsible for the sin that you do? Clearly, the answer is you. We all have a story to tell, a set of experiences and circumstances that mold us into the person we see in the mirror. We have all been victimized, terrorized, brutally treated by the sin of others. Our once rosy innocent view of this world has become tainted and distorted. But still, we are responsible for the sins we commit.
We can all probably point to at least one or two defining moments in life that changed us. Of course, we’re all born into sin. No one is perfect. We all have that propensity to turn away from God. Sometimes though, that trajectory is intensified by the influence and wrong of others. It’s a horrible cycle of a ripple effect.
One of the first instincts we have when we are confronted with the impact of our sinful behavior is to blame someone else. There has to be someone to blame, because how else can we explain the reason behind our terrible actions? James defines for us the cycle of sin. We are tempted by evil desire. We are dragged away.That desire gives birth to sin. Sin makes its way to death. We don’t have to complete the cycle though. It can stop with temptation. Paul teaches us that when are tempted, God provides a way out. Many times though, we look to the evil desire more than we look for a way out.
Don’t blame others for the sin and wrong you do. It’s your choice, no one else’s. There is forgiveness, though. There is grace, though, which is greater than our sin. We are responsible for the sin we commit, but God freely gives us grace and forgiveness through Christ even in our sin.