Pure Joy?

James 1:2-3: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

When a woman ran a red light and hit my car, I didn’t think of my trial as pure joy.

During the exam, the doctor touched areas of my neck and back and asked, “Does it hurt there?” Was she serious? I felt as if I were going to vomit or faint.

A diagnosis of whiplash and back strain made me pray to develop perseverance real fast.

We live in a fallen world with imperfect people and imperfect bodies. We will “face trials of many kinds.” We may struggle with little children at home or sick elderly parents. We may endure job pressure, face a divorce, or struggle with finances or health.

No matter what trials we face, God tells us to “Consider it pure joy.”

God wants the testing of our faith to develop perseverance in us.

Dear God, help me consider my trials pure joy. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to develop perseverance?

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Copyright 2011, Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
Visit her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com

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