Pure Joy?

James 1:2-3(NIV)

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.

When financial trouble comes our way, we do not jump for joy.  When we have relationship issues, we also do not jump for joy.  If somebody persecutes us and insults us, we also are not joyful.  Usually, we do become grumpy, angry or worry about how we can get out of these trials.  In times of desperation, some people will cry out to God.
James was writing in a time when many of the Christians were being persecuted and faced severe trials.  Perhaps their brother or father was arrested or even killed for following the way of Jesus.  James turned their thinking upside down and told them to consider it pure joy as it will test their faith and it produces perseverance.  This process will help them to be mature and complete. To become mature can take a long time and most of us don’t have the patience to go through a long process of trial.  However, it is God who gives strength to persevere when we need the help and this is not on our own strength.

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