“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him”
who love Him
The motivation of those who undergo trials is love for God. Their love carries them through the trial. There is a clear connection between our love for God and our willingness to persevere under trial. Love keeps the bond of love strong, not superficial affection. We love God for who He is, not for what we want Him to be.
God gives His crown to those who love Him. The Greek conveys this idea: “to those loving Him.” God does not reward those who on occasion love Him but those who love Him with continuity. These are people who love Him under any situation and until the end of their lives.
Perseverance under trial is proof of a living and dynamic faith.
Those who love the Lord persevere through trial. We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). If we do not love Him, we operate under a curse (1 Corinthians 16:22).