Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
At what point do you deal with sin? Not at the point of behavior—because then it’s too late—but at the point of desire. The person who is able to control his emotional responses is able to deal effectively with sin. When being bombarded by negative emotional responses, a person with a mind that is sanctified can deactivate desires before they are activated by the will. But once they capture the will, their birth is inevitable.
You must deal with lustful emotions (all reactive emotions) if you want to effectively deal with sin in your life. If you expose your emotions to the baited hook, you may find yourself getting hooked unless you take immediate action.
MacArthur, J. (2001).
(Parenthetical insert mine – Shepherd/Guardian)