The blessing of obedience
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:12-15
There are some today that seek to justify sin by making excuses or blaming others that it’s not their fault. The Lord Jesus Christ promised those who believe and trust Him as Lord and Savior freedom. Knowing Him is to know the truth that will set us free for He is the embodiment of the truth (John 8:32). The Psalmist also testified to the freedom God provides to those that walk in His ways. “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments” (Psalm 119:45). James wrote from the text that sin will enslave us and when allowed to grow “it gives birth to death.” Sin is to miss the mark set by God in His word. Those who love God will obey His commands. “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings” (John 8:31). God’s commands found in His word “are holy and right and good” (Romans 7:12). When we sin, the responsibility lies squarely in our shoulders. God gave us free moral choice so when we sin it is because we gave in to our own selfish desires. The quicker we realize that we violated God’s word we are better prepared when the next temptation comes. God is good and He is in the business of blessing us. Times of testing and trials are God’s opportunities to strengthen us. The lack of wisdom prevents us from persevering in times of testing. The word of God planted in our hearts will help us in times of trials. It is from His word that we find wisdom. We don’t just listen to God’s word, but we are called upon to apply them in our lives. We won’t be able to attain our full potential when we do not heed God’s word. This is important for our spiritual welfare. We can pretend and claim that we love God but unless transformation is seen in our lives we will not experience His blessings. “If you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it” (James 1:25).
Noel De Guzman