“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
Endure temptation, reveal your faith, continue in your love for the Lord and get a crown.
Is this a maybe? Is this a probably? No, it’s an open guarantee!
The crown of victory is a crown of promise. And in case you haven’t noticed, God has a tendency to keep his word. Keeping the faith is our answer.
Keeping ourself from temptation is wise. Overcoming temptation is vital. Temptation is a trial that requires strength, perseverance and a willingness to undergo something unpleasant to the soul. Concerning the unpleasantness, the body may contradict the desire of the soul, but that is what makes it a challenge. This is why the humanity – and priesthood – of Jesus is so encouraging (Hebrews 4:15-16). Wisdom looks for God’s help.
A victory crown for a victorious people from a Lord who gained our victory (1 Corinthians 15:57). That’s a promising thought … and so is the eternal crown that will be experienced in Heaven by overcoming the short-lived temptation on Earth.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)
“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.” Proverbs 12:4. I am so proud and thankful that God has given me an excellent wife. She would tell me thank you but play down her excellence if she knew I was writing this. However, she has a compassion for others that is her outstanding character trait. Every Sunday evening she gets the bulletin and makes cards for the sick, ailing, and those with birthdays and anniversaries. That’s right right, “makes”! She uses a publishing program on her PC. Another is her love and compassion for a sister that has a husband dying of cancer. Our brother could go on to be with the lord right now within minutes, hours, to a few days. He laps into a coma Sunday evening. She calls them all the time to check on Martha and her daughters, offers to do anything for them, or offers anything she can to smooth their sorrow. An excellent wife, and my crown. Just thought I wopuld share with you what makes my life complete.
Yesterday I spoke on hope in troubled times, focusing on passages that give me hope.
The words I long to hear more than any other: “Well done.” Christianity for the two-talent and the five-talent people was a blessing. Christianity is a livable religion with a bearable yoke. You can go to heaven. 2 Tim. 4:6-8 tells of an awards day. The Day of Judgment is not all negative; there are judgments of life too.
When things were at their worst, Jeremiah sang in his Lament the beautiful passage from 3:21-24… The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercy never comes to an end…