February 21, 2021

Thought for today: James 1:1

"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."

All of us are tempted at some time in our Christian walk. However, the Bible states that we are tested by God but tempted by Satan.

When we are tempted, we must endure it, without rebelling against God, or turning aside from His integrity. We are blessed when we have gone through the fire and have not been consumed.

When our Lord has put us through a test and it is over, then comes His divine approval, which is "the Crown of Life". Life is the reward: not mere being, but holy, happy, true existence and the realization of the divine purpose of God concerning us.

The Lord has promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only we who love God will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or go back to the world.

The question before us, do we love the Lord? Truly and deeply? Then our love will be tested and tried. but rejoice because Christ has given us victory throughout the testing.

In the midst of all the storms we go through in life, He is there and He has been always there.

Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
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