Happy is the man who endures a temptation, because having come to be tested for approval, he will receive the victor’s crown of the life, which He promised to all the ones loving Him – James 1:12
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For what is our hope, our joy, our crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
Our boasting before our Lord at His coming will be the ones we shared the message of the Gospel with. This is not just talking about salvation, but at the very least the basics of the Christian life.
When we speak the truth and spread the message of reconciliation it is showing that we are victorious in Christ. Standing up and speaking the truth is not always easy, especially among those who claim to be Christians but base their salvation n on a different gospel, which is not a gospel at all. The message we bring is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 believe that Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead for salvation. Not accepting Him into your heart, being remorseful for sins, asking for forgiveness of sins, making Him the Lord of your life, praying the sinners pray. No, all we need to do is believe.
Those loving His appearance will live a life that guards His commandments, which is to love other saints (John 13:34). Living a life of love towards other saints will result in a life that rejects the shameful things, denies ungodliness, rejects the desires of the world, focus on the way things really are, has a conduct showing we are taking God at His word and living a life that is godly and righteous by manifesting who we are in Christ.
Self-control is an aspect of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:23) that He produces in our lives when we walk by the Spirit. That is, we govern our lives by the desire from the Spirit of God rather than by the flesh. Self-control comes from applying what we have learned so that we have experiential knowledge in living out the life and godliness that God gave us.