Sunday Bible Study: James 1:12

James 1:12

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“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.”

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.

I would like to break some of this down for us to truly grasp the concept of this scripture.

Blessed: held in reverence

Reverence: Honor or respect felt or shown

Endures: To undergo (as a hardship) especially with out GIVING IN.

Approved: to accept as satisfactory

Receive: to come into possession of

Promised: to pledge to do, bring about, or provide.

So in more simple words..

Men who undergo hardship with OUT GIVING IN are honored and respected. For when this man has been approved to satisfactory, he will come into possession of the CROWN OF LIFE which God pledges to us, brings about and provides us! God, promises this to those who love Him.

This not only gives me hope when I fight against temptation, but it gives me pride knowing that God is honored when I don’t give in..

Temptation isn’t something you don’t want to do. When you are tempted to sin or do something you know you shouldn’t do but WANT to do, you have a decision to do what is right or what is selfish. What is right is to not give in to that temptation, what is wrong is to feed your fleshly temptation. so when we are tempted and we turn the other way, it is giving honor to God and yourself for keeping clean of sin. God honors those who honor Him with the Crown Of Life. With blessing and favor and a relationship with Him.

What do you get from this scripture?

 

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  • Jamie
    Reply

    I actually read the book of James last night. It’s short, but so sweet. So much inspiration and motivation in such a little book.

  • david
    Reply

    Dude this was posted in the nick of time.Right before I started reading this I started feeling temptation trying to blind me and draw me in.But I agree with you.Giving in is selfish of us who have a relationship with Christ,because part of His purpose was to free us from sin.So to keep choosing to give in to sin is not only proving to yourself that Jesus’ salvation is not enough,but it’s not fair to Him either.In a relationship you can;t expect someone to honor you if you don’t honor them.But amazingly we have a merciful God.
    But God truly does see everything, and does honor us when we obey Him.Such a beautiful thing.I always like to remind myself in temptation that “suffering for Christ brings way more joy than a moment of temptation can”.

  • Ben
    Reply

    This verse gives me strength & a challenge as well. Strength in the sense that when going through hardship our endurance is tested and not in vain in any way, but a challenge in the fact that I still have the choice to endure and need to remember to do so.

  • Mindy
    Reply

    I really enjoyed this. I haven’t been able to go to church sundays but i do on wensdays. I hope you keep doing these posts because it really makes me feel closer. Thank you <3

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