James has been talking about temptation. He is about to tell us something that should give us the proper perspective to fight temptation. He prefaces his comments with these words…
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.
Why would he warn us about being deceived in the middle of this section? I believe it’s because Satan uses deception when he tempts us. Like a fisherman who uses bait to hide the hook, he catches our attention with things that look appealing, but can really hurt us.
When James says “Do not be deceived,” it’s like he is saying, “Don’t take the bait!” To avoid being deceived, we need the Holy Spirit’s help to see the hook. In other words, we need discernment to see the danger in the choice we are considering.
Today’s Good News is that we can avoid temptation’s hook if we are following the Spirit’s lead.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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