Joy in trials #6

Pursue the crown of life – James 1:12…Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James said those who persevere in their trials are blessed and they will be approved. God rewards faithful believers with the maturity to love Jesus and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

At the Bema seat of judgment in heaven after the rapture Disciple “will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” AA The crown recalls the popular athletic games of the New Testament times. An event winner received a temporal crown plaited from the live greenery. Its temporal value was the applause that came from winning the competition.

God bestows on the Disciple a crown of life that is eternal. We will worship Jesus 10fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” A

James ends with 12cThe Lord has promised to those who love Him.  What does scripture say it means to love Jesus? Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.” B This verse first caught my attention as Dr. Homer Lindsay Jr. preached from it in 1967. It has never been far from mind since then and was later joined by For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden.” C

By these definitions of love; will you receive the crown of life because you love Jesus?

Notes: AA- The Crowns; A- Revelation 4:10-11; B- John 14:15 CSB, C- 1 John 5:3 CSB

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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