By Carlos Spencer
We are told in James 1:2 (KJV) "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations." Very simply, there is joy associated with what we hear, speak and do during life's difficult moments. We will inevitably face trials in life but this should be embraced by the believer as something positive.
Believers are encouraged to respond with bravado and joy when they encounter twists and turns along life's path. Psalm 146:5 (KJV) tells us "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob as his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God." Whilst the Apostle Paul writes about the inner saving faith, James focuses on outward serving. Both individuals demonstrate how we can relate to each other despite disparate circumstances.
Suffering creates perseverance, and perseverance builds character and character enables us to have hope. Paul tells us in Romans 5:3-4 (KJV) "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope:" When viewed in its entirety, we are blessed, notwithstanding the challenges that we face.
As believers in Christ, we should seek to glorify God at all times. Suffering and challenges should cause us to consider eternal life and access to God, and our relationship with Him. It should also enable us to appreciate that forgiveness of sins is freely available to anyone who repents and humbles themself before God. James 4:7 (KJV) admonishes us to "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
We cannot escape the challenges that will surely come our way in life. However, we can count it all joy and embrace such trials as we journey to a new and higher level. We are blessed. 1 Peter 3:14 (KJV) tells us "But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;" Amen. Thanks be to God for the sharing of His word.
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