Guard against sin – James 1:13-15…13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
God is good and cannot sin and V13c says “God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” A trial can cause a person to mature but it can also cause that same person to sin, based on how that person responds to the trial.
14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
Each person is tempted when they are drawn away and enticed by their own evil desire. To be carried away is like being hooked and pulled away from something.
Evil desires are the bait that entices us. A temptation is when we are enticed to pursue anything outside of God’s will by a desire of the flesh. A It is not a sin to be tempted, but sin occurs when you yield to the temptation. Then your fellowship with God is broken but not your relationship with Him.
Let’s say you are walking down the street and something or someone comes into your field of vision that could awake an evil desire. This is temptation but sin is when you continue to stare for an extended look.
God offers to all the opportunity to repent. He gives strength to resist temptation, but He expects you to confess your weaknesses and sinful actions, thoughts or motives.
Notes: A- Galatians 5:19-21 NLT