The Crown of Life
Learning from the Trials You Endure
by J.M. Troppello
The devotional that I read today (by Dr. David Jeremiah) centered on the verse James 1:12 about the ‘Crown of Life.”
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, NKJV)
I don’t usually include a full chapter from the Bible in my articles. However, this time, I thought it was important for you to get the entire message from this chapter in James. It begins with the title, Profiting from Trials (vs 2-8). It continues with The Perspective of the Rich and Poor (vs 9-11). Then you can read about Loving God Under Trials (vs 12-18). It continues with Qualities Needed in Trials (vs 19-20). It concludes with Doers—Not Hearers Only (vs. 21-27)
Profiting from Trials
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8, NKJV)
Perspective of the Rich and Poor
9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. (James 1:9-11, NKJV)
Loving God Under Trials
12 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. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:12-18, NKJV)
Qualities Needed in Trials
19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20, NKJV)
Doers—Not Hearers Only
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and [d]overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone [e]among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:21-27, NKJV)
I’ve read this chapter from James many times. However, some key points resonated with me this time.
It is possible to profit from the trials you endure, if you have the right attitude and trust God through everything – while praising Him.
Walking in humility before God is a vital factor in living a life that glorifies Him. That’s not always easy, but there is more joy in living that way.
When you endure through trials and temptations, you’ll receive the Crown of Life when you get to Heaven. God always provides a way out of temptation.
Listening, choosing your words carefully, and responding maturely are very important qualities that show your growth as a mature adult, and Christian.
If you want to please the Lord and grow in your relationship with Him, you must be a doer and not just a hearer of the Bible.
I’m still a work in progress in all these areas. We all are since we’re all imperfect humans. The older I get and the more I grow in my relationship with the Lord – the more I realize that Heaven will be so much sweeter and special than even I can imagine that it could be. That’s a beautiful thought!
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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