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PERSEVERANCE

ALYSSA OLIVO

James 1:2-4 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

All of us have had trials in life through which we’ve had to persevere, and if you haven’t yet, don’t worry, you will. Trials are just a part of life. The funny thing about trials is that we never look at them as a positive experience at the time. Many of us wonder how God could allow such a horrible event or suffering to come our way. But James, the brother of Jesus, tells us that we should consider it pure joy. Easy for him to say, right? Actually, James lived at a time when there was great persecution for Christ followers. James was around when they killed his brother, Jesus, by placing him on a cross and crucifying him. James knew trials in his life; he faced them every day. Yet, James still focused on Jesus and persevered through all the persecution.

So how could he call it pure joy? Simple, he knew that every trial, big or small, could only make him stronger and closer to being the mature and complete person he always wanted to be. James came out of his trials stronger than ever and used them to help others get through their own. Remember, trials will come and go in your life, but how you deal with them is up to you. The question is: Will you stay focused on Christ, letting him work in and through you? Will you allow Christ to make you stronger than you ever imagined, or will you allow your trials to get the best of you? It’s your choice!

QUESTION 1. What trials are going on in your life right now? How have you been dealing with them?
QUESTION 2. How can you be like James, staying focused on God through trials and being able to consider them pure joy in your life?
CHALLENGE: Whenever trials come into your life, we challenge you to “let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything..”