Memorable Scripture: Temptation and Joy

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

As you read and study the Bible you come across things going against human nature.
This verse is such.
To say “count it all joy” when you struggle through trials or temptations.
What does that mean?
Everyone is tempted but not everyone is concerned about the results of temptations, especially sinful ones.
James specifically addressed this to his brethren, that is, fellow believers in Christ, to whom resisting sinful temptation is a big deal.
For the believer, there is joy in overcoming temptation.
One of the rewards is in the form of patience.
Look at the temptation of Jesus. Satan directly targeted His claim of being the Son of God, even to the point of offering Him the kingdoms of the world. (I’ve given in to temptation for much less)
Jesus refused time and time again and the angels came and ministered to Him. (Matt 4:11)
From personal experience, I know when trials come my way, God always ministers to me and helps me through it.
God always supplies a way of escape (1 Cor 10:13) through Christ (Heb 2:3).

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