Trials and temptations: we all walk through them at some point in life’s road. Some may seem big and some may minute, but they are there nonetheless.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines “trial” as: “Experience; suffering that puts strength, patience of faith to the test; afflictions or temptations that exercise and prove the graces or virtues of men.
“Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings.” Hebrews 11:36.
The same dictionary defines “temptation” as: “The state of being tempted or enticed to evil. When by human weakness you are led into temptation resort to prayer for relief. Trial – lead us not into temptation. That which is presented to the mind as an inducement to evil.” And so we see that a temptation and a trial are similar in many ways. Each of them produce fruit in our lives, as James points out. The Lord uses them to make us – our character – perfect and complete. He uses them to conform us more to His image and mold us to His likeness……..
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