Bible Study: James 1:2-4

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  Book of James: James 1:2-4

JAMES 1:2-4

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience, but let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.“

 

It blows my mind when I really think of the reality that we are called to take JOY in our trials. It’s amazing considering when we hear the word “trial”, we associate it with pain, hurt, struggle, a battle, etc!

 

But we are to take joy in this why?

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

It produces patience…

Definition of patience: an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.

We are to take joy in trials, because through these trials the Lord is working in us and through us to produce patience — the ability and WILLINGNESS to surpass restlessness or annoyance. He is helping us in our personal will to overcome struggle. It’s strengthening our spirits to persevere. It’s building and armoring us, because the more patience we have, the better we are in understanding and really grasping the situation. Therefore, we no longer react to the trials and without thinking, we actually respond to the trials because we have enough patience to think things through. We now have the ability to make a sober, clear-minded decision rather than just flying off the handle and reacting out of emotion. How much better are things when we don’t react out of emotion, but instead discerningly respond in concise, well-planned thought!

These trials are learning curves on the paths we choose in our lives, and when these hard times come and these trials are staring us in the face, take joy in knowing that there is good here. There is fruit and a positive side to our trials. And although it sounds bittersweet, take joy in knowing that you are about to be strengthened through the pain, hurt, or struggle.

 

Let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
What are your thoughts on this scripture?

I’m hit with trials often in my life, and to be honest, I can’t recall consciously taking joy in those moments. But maybe if I did, it might of turned out differently. Thoughts?

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  • Ashley E
    Reply

    I think sometimes people can misread this as God wants things bad things to happen to us for the sake of developing our faith. The way I see it is – we’re gonna go through things, good and bad, and we get to decide what we do and how we act when we’re faced with a difficult situation. Will we give up and run away, or will we stand firm and trust in God, even if we don’t know how He could possibly turn it into good. If you look down at verse 12 it says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” It may not be easy, but when we use the trials as an opportunity to learn patience and to learn to persevere even when it seems against the odds, God will reward us! And I think that’s awesome

  • Chris
    Reply

    Wow this is exactly what I needed! I had this spiritual attack last night that was similar to the one that led me to come to Christ 2 years ago this November. I wasn’t exactly feeling joy, although I know that the testing of my faith will continue to produce patience. This made me smile and makes me excited to grow stronger in Christ!

  • cityonahill
    Reply

    Ah man… I so needed this… I think I’m just going to read and re-read until it makes sense to me, until it sinks in and I understand what it means to be patient in affliction. I’ve had so much affliction in my life the last few months… So many trials and I just can’t see how God can possibly use such terrible circumstances to change me. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read this before… I’m always learning or re-learning something. Thank you.

  • Ben
    Reply

    Thank you Jake, this is a great reminder of true words for life. Hope to meet you in September in Milwaukee.

  • Jeff Sebasovich
    Reply

    It can be very very hard to take joy in trials. Especially when at the moment you are full of fear, panic, anger, and often (at least I know I do this sometimes) you want to blame God and ask “why are you doing this to me?” But I truly believe everything happens for a reason, even bad things, and although you may not always notice or see it, something good comes from having trials and tribulations, and if you push through it and have faith in God’s plan, then you will come out a stronger person because of it. I don’t believe God ever wants bad things to happen to us, but rather he tests us to show us that if we trust in him, all will be alright.

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