Life seems like a paradox. The wise get what fools deserve and fools get what the wise deserve. Yet, God answers the paradox of this world with the ultimate paradox, of the righteous Son taking what the wicked deserve and those who trust in him getting his righteousness.
James continues with a clear distinction between trials and temptations, knowing that when life gets hard is when we are most often lured away and tempted. How do we fight this temptation? How do we examine our own desires and find a better answer to them? Is the Christian life a continual suppression of our desires, much like stoicism? Or do we just give in to desires because we have grace in Christ? The book of James shows us there is a third way, a better way, a righteous way that fills our desires far more than any other thing can.
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