Published on October 12, 2014 by

Study 3 of 13 The Book of James

“A woman who loves her husband does not see any other. It is him, and him alone, that captures her heart and her attention….even when he isn’t in the vicinity. There is no temptation. There is no second glance at any one else, because no else exists except her true love. Temptation does not affect those who love the Lord….there is no second glance there is no experiment…there is only truth in the love for God…that endures all hardship…and celebrates all goodness…and lives in that freedom.” –Falvo Fowler

Scriptural Basis: Gen. 3:1–6; Ps. 119:11; Rom. 13:12; Eph. 4:22; Titus 3:5–7; James 1:12–21.

Key Text: “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” (James 1:12).

1. How important is the idea that sin is always our own choice?

2. How would you describe the steps that led Eve to her choosing to sin?

3. Some versions of the Bible include passages talking about God tempting people. How do we understand “temptation” in those instances?

4. How would you describe the importance of words as it is addressed in the Epistle of James?

5. Given that temptations often assail us quickly and unexpectedly, how can we instantly be ready to resist them effectively?

6. On our own we are utterly helpless against sin and the temptations that come to us every day. How does this week’s study bring hope in this situation?

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