Matthew 5:27-30
27 “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye even if it is your good eye causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand even if it is your stronger hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Is the thought of sin that comes into your mind sin?  The first initial thought is not necessarily sin.  We are all faced with temptations every day of our lives.  And every sin that is committed started with a thought.  Sometimes these thoughts come from our own sinful nature, but sometimes the thought is planted by the enemy.  It does not matter where the thought came from.  Any evil thought can become a sin if it is allowed to grow.  Sin rarely happens spontaneously, it always comes to us as a thought. First it is a thought, and then we justify our right to the thought and continue to think about it.  We have just stepped into sin.  Once we dwell on the thought and our right to the deed, follow through is not far ahead.  So, the initial thought is not the sin, it is dwelling on it and then to follow through with it.  That is why Christ stated that to even think about another person in this manner is a sin.  We make up our minds to sin before the deed happens.  So your first thought is not the sin, but if you continue to dwell on it and justify it in your mind, now you have sinned.  Rebuke the thought and pray for understanding to keep your thoughts pure.  We are all going to think evil thoughts and as a child of God, we need to remember that and keep our thoughts pure.

Have a God Day!