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. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. — James 1:12-18.
Followers of Jesus recall how their Master countered Satan when He was tempted in the wilderness (see Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). James reminds us that it is a blessed thing to endure temptation — without yielding — because that would prove our love for the Lord. One who endures is promised the crown of life — eternal life with the Lord.
There is a warning for those who say, “God is tempting me,” when they are tempted because God cannot be tempted by evil nor does He tempt anyone. James explains that each one is tempted when one gives in to one’s desires and trapped therein. Desire leads to sin and full-grown sin leads to death.
Our heavenly Father is “the Father of lights” and He seeks our best. He sends down every good and perfect gift from above. He willingly birthed us by the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation, through the finished work — life, death, resurrection, and ascension — of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so that we may be the “firstfruits of His creatures” — set apart for His glory.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.