“God Is Not Tempted By Evil” (James 1: 12, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Trials, writes James, are to be considered as great joys because “the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Endurance then leads to maturity and completeness, so that you are “lacking nothing.” (James 1: 3, 4) When undergoing a trial, you must not say to yourself, ” ‘I am being tempted by God.’ For God is not tempted by evil.” (James 1: 13) Instead, temptations come from your “own evil desires.” (James 1: 14)

Paul warns, “Let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation overtakes you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He does not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He also provides the way of escape, that you are able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10: 12 – 13, ESV)

See a trial as an opportunity to grow into Christ. “A man who endures trials is blessed,” writes James, “because when he passes the test he receives the crown of life that God promises to those who love Him.” (James 1: 12)

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loves us and gives us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 16 – 17, ESV)

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