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Joy in Troubled Times

This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings!

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 

So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James 1:1-4

Let’s start our Bible study on the book of James.

The reason I picked this as a start is because of the group I am sharing this with.

Our youth group is composed of believers and young people who are in the faith.

The book of James is a piece of practical advice for believers on how we should work according to our faith.

I love the wisdom from this book.

Let’s study it from Chapter 1.

Today, we talk about the first four verses.

Great Joy

We usually experience great joy when we experience triumph, victory, or any positive experience.

But, the Bible tells us that there is another source of “great joy.”

That is in experiencing troubles.

Building of Character

It is in these troubles that our faith is tested.

When it is tested, we build endurance.

This endurance, when fully developed, is going to build our character.

This character is the Christ-like character that we as believers are all looking to develop.

Application

Life is full of troubles and problems.

Instead of drowning in them, we are to be reminded that God has a beautiful plan for our lives.

These troubles and pain are part of how He is building us into the person He wants us to become.

The next time you experience trouble, know that God is holding you in the palm of His hands.

He sees you. He hears you. He knows your heart.

Talk to Him and surrender everything to Him.

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