Faith and Endurance
When we endure trials and temptation of any kind..
God promises to bless us if we don’t give up when our faith is being tested and examined.
For he will reward us with a glorious life – which he planned long ago before the earth’s foundation was in place, to walk in his great love and purpose for humanity, as he rewards those who earnestly look for him.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James who was a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated his own spiritual maturity when he recognized the things of the world and the spiritual struggle or opposition against the flesh and spirit.
While James knew with certainty that it was a great honor to be a servant of God - he accepted his calling and served Christ Jesus with absolute humility, obedience and loyalty.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
Jesus Christ was perfect, holy and blameless in every way, yet he never sinned. Though he was tempted severely he never gave in, but rather having understood his main objective and purpose to ransom his life on a cross – he offered his life as an incorruptible seed that would die to self-gain and see the great harvest of many things come out of it.
Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:8-10