“Formative Joy!”

James 1:2-4, Common English Bible

James is not suggesting that trials are joyful in themselves but are a means to an end which is joyful.  In other words, joy in trials comes from knowing that the outcome will be good.  It’s as if while in the trial, we have a future focused mindset, because we know that the trial in the hands of the good and loving God is not without value regarding the sculpting of our character.  We must lay hold of this truth: that a loving God allows (sometimes sends) trials in our lives.

Trials improve and not impair us!

“My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy.”   James 1:2

Testing develops us and doesn’t destroy us!

“After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”   James 1:3

Endurance leads to wholeness!

“Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.”   James 1:4

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,

“Life ultimately leads to JOY!”

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