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CONSIDER IT PURE JOY

ALISON PRAISEWATER

James writes, Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds. Wait, hold up. Consider it pure joy when you face trials? I don’t know about you guys, but when I face trails I’m not jumping for joy. When I face trails I’m usually pretty upset. So why does James call us to joy?

Why? I suppose because looking back at my many trials I’ve faced, I can begin to see that God has used these trails in my life to make me a better person. He uses every part of the bad and turns it into good for us. And if we can persevere through the tough times, we will come out looking more like Christ. We can be more mature and complete, just like our creator.

So consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work in you so that you may be mature and complete, and not lacking anything. Consider it pure joy just knowing that you have a savior who will work all things for your good. And if you can persevere, then you will come out the other side looking far more like him.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever gone through a truly tough time in your life, a time when you felt like things were so bad you couldn’t imagine them ever being good again? Were you able to have joy through that trial in your life?
QUESTION 2. What does James mean when he says that we can have pure joy whenever we face trials of all kinds? How does this knowledge affect our relationship with Christ?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to face your next trial with joy, knowing that you will come out of the trial looking more like Christ when you persevere!