Crown of Life
Crown of Life
How do you receive the crown of life?
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
(If) you persevere under trial in your love of God (then) you will be blessed and receive the Crown of Life. How do you demonstrate love for God? You obey HIM. (If you say), “I know HIM,” but you do not do what HE commands (then you) are a liar, and the truth is not in you. But (if you) obey God’s word, (then) God’s love is truly made complete in you. This is how you know you are in Christ: (If you) claim to live in Christ you must walk as Jesus did. Jesus walked in love, humility and forgiveness.
So what is it that God wants for you to do? It is to love God and others. Jesus loved so much that HE laid down HIS life as payment for your sin. Can you lay down your life in love for others? This is the love that Jesus demonstrated to you.
Love endures all things. God is love. His love is made complete in you when you love. The Crown of Life is waiting for you as you persevere in HIS love.
Sticks and stones do break bones and words do hurt you.
God’s love is greater than a hurtful word. Replace that hurt with God’s love in you and receive the Crown of Life.
God’s love is greater than resentment. Replace that resentment with God’s love in you and receive the Crown of Life.
God’s love is greater than fear and rejection. Replace the fear and rejection with God’s love in you and receive the Crown of Life.
Jesus said, “my command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that you lay down your life for your friends.”
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