Principle 5: Recognize that Sin Is a Cycle with Long-Term Consequences
Sin is a process springing from a desire for something that you should not be seeking. Whether this is coveting, lust, or sexual immorality, it is all part of a process that leads to radical consequences. This process is described well in James 1: 14-15, which says: “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
This process is the cycle that we run so quickly through every time we sin. We must come to grips with the fact that sin produces death. Death in our relationship due to sin either within the relationship itself or sin against the other person can lead to death of trust, death of commitment, and death of openness. The consequences of our sin are always death that in due time must be dealt with in due time. Actions and decisions even within the context of desires in dating relationships have consequences that will cause death and pain that will have to be faced in future marriage relationships.