What Not to Do in Trials
Passage: James 1:13–1:16
What we discover in the Bible is truth (John 8:31-32; 17:17). The letter of James contains the truth about trials and temptations.
James remains on the same subject of trials indicating that trial may lead to temptation. He then discusses where temptation leads and by doing so, provides wisdom from above on how to live here on earth.
1A. THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD (1:13)
1B. The absolute truth is that God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
2B. The absolute holiness of God is the reason why God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
2A. THE TRUTH ABOUT SIN (1:14-16)
1B. The attraction of sin
2B. The deception of sin
3B. The preoccupation of sin
4B. The conception of sin
God loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sin (1 John 4:10). The Bible promises forgiveness to anyone who confesses their sin (1 John 1:9). As believers, it is vital that we not blame others for our sin. Instead, may we take responsibility for our sin by way of confession and repentance.