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.”

Most historians agree that the Book of James was written shortly before he was martyred by fanatical Jewish Leaders for preaching the Gospel.  So to have him exhorting fellow Believers to look at the trials in their lives as something good not bad is incredible.  James went on, telling them, he knew they were completely aware of all their past afflictions, trials, and persecutions, and how their faith had been tested each time…but that they needed to continue to persevere with patience and  endurance… learning to suffer well with a tranquil mind.  I don’t know about you, but suffering well these past many weeks has been difficult!  And now with the “Stay at Home” order being extended another month for COVID 19…looking at it with good cheer and gladness of heart is very difficult.  But Jesus reminds me in the Beatitudes that I should rejoice and be glad in my trials, (Matthew 5:12)  and that I need to continue to persevere so that when I have done the Will of God, I’ll receive what He has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)  Thus with all this encouragement, I will joyfully accept persecution. (Hebrews 10:34)

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