“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)