James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
The word “fall” here means to be surrounded or encompassed. It doesn’t always mean that you are no longer standing or sitting and are now moving downward.
Things happen, pure and simple. Temptations are going to do their best to surround you at some point in your day. When you “fall” into said trap keep your eyes on Jesus, remember His word, and claim His promise to make a way to escape giving into the temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
When we fall for the temptation that is the bad part because it means we gave in to the temptation. Everything has consequences whether we choose to believe that or not, whether those consequences can be seen right away or not.
Let’s take the temptation to cheat as an example. Maybe it is cheating on a diet, some extra weight is added, which is harder on the heart to work for example. Perhaps the cheating is on a test, the result may be a better grade but you may have hurt yourself academically later on which might effect a possible job. It could be the cheating on your marriage. A little fun might be nice at first but what problems are possibly arising because of selfishness? Disease, divorce, pregnancy, etc.
Remember it is never the fall that kills… It is the sudden stop that kills ya.