When I discovered that the month of July was dedicated to a sermon series on the book of James, I just knew that I'd not go unscathed (in other words: inevitable conviction was headed my way).
Two phrases that spoke to me from this past weeks message are these:
Trials are designed to bring out the best of me.
Temptations are designed to bring out the worst of me.
There it is in black and white. James 1:12-13.
When I allow God to work through me during trials - that is the best of me, because it actually isn't me, it's all Him.
And when I give in to temptation - that is the worst of me, because it is all me and none of Him.
Good lessons are hard sometimes.
What have you been learning?