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Sin Gives Birth to Death

James 1:13-15

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgWe have all heard or read the following passage many times I bet – Romans 6:23a – For the wages of sin is death. We earn death when we sin.  Pour sin earns the wage of death. That smacks me hard – because I have been working since I was very young – cutting grass – officiating sports – working as a Soda Jerk (no puns) – etc. – earning a wage.  Apparently – I have been working since before I can remember – to earn death – through my sin!  I was born with a sin nature and that nature has been working overtime – and the wage for my sin – is death.  To read it as James puts it – sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Today’s main passage is James 1:13-15 and ends with – then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

I like the way James puts it – then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. It is not a sin to be tempted – we will all be tempted.  It is a sin when we allow temptations to dwell in us – to be nurtured in us – so that sin is conceived.  We give birth to sin when we harbor temptations within us.

I don’t want to leave us here – with sin and death – so I have to give us some Good News.  Let’s go back to the Romans 6:23 passage and read the whole verse. Romans 6:23 –For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thank you Jesus – for paying my debt of sin – the wage I earned.  Your death on the cross has paid my debt in full! The death I earned through my sin has been taken by Jesus on the cross! Thank You!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 21, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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