Sin is Our Fault, Not God’s (James 1:13-18)

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God is the source of all that is good in this world and in your life. Evil is not God’s fault. Sin is a corruption of the good that God created. Evil comes from Satan and his demons, but it also comes from our own wicked hearts. Therefore, says James in today’s passage, we should never blame God when we feel tempted to break His law and violate His commands. God does not desire or lead people to sin. Instead, sin begins in our hearts when we take our eyes off Jesus and try to do what God has told us not to do. God has always warned people against temptation because He knows that it will lead to sin, which will in turn lead to death. Jesus came to give us life, not to kill and destroy us.

In God’s amazing mercy, grace, and love, He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to rescue us from death, sin, and temptation. He came to reverse the curse we justly received in the Garden as well as all of its evil effects. Our salvation is a good and perfect gift from an eternally good and perfect Father. He chose to give every Christian a second birth, a birth from above, that we might have spiritual life and be free from the chains of sin. That gift should lead us to worship and thank our God forever and forever. May we never lay the blame for our sin at His feet, and may we never stop giving Him the credit for all that is good in our world and life, especially the miracle of redemption.

The Text

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 person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Questions to Think About

  1. Have you ever been angry with God for something you or someone else did? Explain.
  2. What is the difference between temptation and sin?
  3. Today’s passage teaches that God is eternally unchanging and perfectly good. What other character traits does God possess that people do not?
  4. List the good things in your life that you can thank God for today.

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