Yet, every ordeal we encounter also carries an inner enticement to sin.
Therefore, he contrasted two paths we can take. Facing tests with endurance leads to life. Yielding to desire produces sin, which causes death.
Our loyalty to God causes us to turn from temptation, for real love for the Lord manifests itself in action.
God has promised the crown of life to those who love him. James employed imagery of disciplined, well-trained athletes so enthralled with their sport that they pursue their goal to the end and win the race, earning laurel wreath crowns.
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a) Read Jas 1:12. How does temptation provide both a pitfall and an opportunity? What enables you to persevere through trials?
[Related posts include A Baited Trap (Jas 1:13–15); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Satan Tempts Christ (Matt 4:1–4); A Second Temptation (Matt 4:5–7); and The Third Temptation (Matt 4:8–11); Falling for Deception (2 Cor 11:3–4); and An Angel of Light (2 Cor 11:13–15)]
[Click here to go to Chapter 6: A Serpent in the Garden (Genesis 3:1–13)]
Douglas J. Moo, The Letter of James (PNTC; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000), 69.
 Moo, The Letter of James, 72.
Scot McKnight, The Letter of James (NICNT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), 121.
David P. Nystrom, James (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), 72.
Moo, The Letter of James, 70.