“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face Trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your Faith produces perseverance.” - James 1:2-3 (NIV)
If there is any promise that is difficult to live with it may well be the promise we have for today. The promise is that our faith can produce perseverance when it is tested. Our faith can get stronger, larger, and more powerful as we exercise it. But not without facing the trials and testings which God allows to come into our lives. James, the half brother of Jesus knew what this meant. He knew about testing and perseverance of faith. If we know that the testing we encounter and the trials we endure make our faith stronger, it makes sense to view them with the kind of joy we looked at yesterday. The joy Jesus had as he went to the cross for us because He knew the result was worth the awful difficulty He had to go through to get the result.
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