Is temptation a sin?
Here's the answer:
Temptation is not a sin.
Everyone will be tempted throughout their life. There are two places where temptation comes from—our sinful flesh and Satan. God does not tempt us. Simply being tempted is not a sin. It is only when we choose to act or dwell in the temptation that it becomes a sin. Whenever we are faced with temptation, God will provide a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Whenever we are tempted, we need to flee. Joseph was tempted and he ran away from the temptation in order not to sin (Genesis 39:6-12). We can follow Joseph’s example by fleeing temptation. When we run away from temptation, we will be less likely to commit the sin. Temptation is hard, but God can help us.
We can pray for God to help lead us away from temptation (Luke 11:4). The more we learn of the Bible and meditate on it, the better we will become at overcoming temptation.
"You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out. Then you will be able to deal with it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).
"Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us. Keep us from falling into sin when we are tempted" (Luke 11:4).
"Run away from the evil things that young people long for. Try hard to do what is right. Have faith, love and peace. Do these things together with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart" (2 Timothy 2:22).