James 1:2-6

“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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ” James 1:2-4

We all face trials and we all have troubles! I know personally I have been going through plenty of struggles with school, family, friends, job, and booyyyys! Ones that I have never really faced before. They are teaching me a lot about myself and a lot about life.

The first 4 words of this passage say “consider it pure joy”. What is pure joy? Do you have joy? When I hear the word “pure” it makes me think of something natural, clean and real. Pure joy is something that is overflowing and cant be contained by anything else. When we face trials we are supposed be joyful in them! You might be thinking, but when others have trials they are always sad and everything is wrong. But that is how the world reacts to trials! We are called to be Set-apartfrom the world in our attitude! God want us to realize the we are going to be made strong by the trials we face.

“Let perseverance finish its work in you so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking ANYTHING!”
When you let perseverance build you up and you face your trials with the armor of God, you will be made complete! You wont be in need of anything else! Our God wants to see you grow and become mature in your faith! We get to choose our attitude towards our trials because God isn’t going to force us to change. But it is His desire to draw nearer to Him and to let Him work in us during our trials.

I challenge you to face your trials with overflowing joy and a positive attitude, believing that through trials, your faith will be made stronger and that you will draw nearer to our graceous Lord!