“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?