Take a tiger for instance. I have always been attracted to the physical appearance of a tiger. Just look at a tiger's coat -- his most intriguing feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur. Very breathtaking indeed I'd say, as are all of God's magnificent creatures. I find them to be rather enchanting animals. And although I enjoy looking at them and studying their unique characteristics, when I am in their presence I am quite aware of the danger they can unveil.
The same goes for certain plants in nature which can be very lovely to look at but are rather deadly. There are many things in life that may seem attractive and appealing, but they have hidden traps.
Sin is similar to that. Most sins can be quite attractive and tempting and often times we find ourselves desiring things that could possibly harm us. We are lured by the things that we know can hurt us, but we want them badly enough to take that risk. It is completely and utterly nonsensical. Why would we do things when we are aware of the diabolical effect they can have on us?
The 'wages of sin is death', and yet it seems that we pursue sin believing that its wages are the finest reward we could possibly attain. A wise person avoids situations like these. That is what we should do as Christians. We should do our utmost to avoid life-threatening situations which should be as odious to us as death itself. It is not enough to try not to sin. We should do everything in our power to eradicate its negative influence in our daily lives.
We should make that conscious effort to avoid sin, just as we make the choice to do good.
"Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away."