Where does Temptation come from?
“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”
James 1:14-15 NLT
St. James says that temptation comes from our own desires. There is an inclination within us to disobey God that comes from a perverted uncontrolled desire. Let us search our hearts carefully to expose the love of the world that still exists within us! The wrong love of self that tempts us and entices us and drags us away from God. Let us kill these passions within us lest they start giving birth to sinful actions.
Once these sinful actions begin they cause more sinful desires to flourish within us which in turn produce more and more sinful actions, and a negative evil cycle of sin begins to form sinful habits within us. Left unchecked, these habitual sinful cycles continue to grow until they give birth to death!
Let us quickly sit to ourselves, search our hearts for the sinful passions of self indulgence and offer repentance with tears asking the Lord to remove the evil desires from within us and purify us!