Patience

Morning folks

James chapter 1 Verses 2-3 tells us this: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

We are counselled here by James, who was Jesus’ brother. Hardly anyone knew Jesus as James did—he grew up with Him. He was able to watch Him over the course of His entire life, and so he knew the mind of Christ exceedingly well. James says that we are to consider trials as a reason for great joy because trials are capable of producing good results. However, we must understand that trials do not automatically produce good results. They can easily make one bitter rather than better. Whether one comes out better for the experience depends upon how faith, hope and love are used. How the trial is used is the issue, and whether faith, hope, and love produce a higher level of spiritual maturity. What determines whether they make us better rather than bitter is how we use them.

James describes a person surrounded by trials of many kinds. We live in exactly that kind of period right now and we are taught by Jesus that we will need endurance during this time. We are assaulted by many kinds of trials, and they will increase. James is concerned about whether they will produce perseverance in us.

Hope is not directly mentioned here, but James does mention patience and this is linked to endurance. There is no active endurance unless one actually desires to accomplish something, and he has the hope of good to come from what he is enduring.

Take care all and stay strong in Him.

Mark

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