The Full Effect of Suffering

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith develops steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4

Trial=losing something precious

A perfect and complete Christian=having something permanently and irrevocably precious in Christ so as to be content in any trial.

Some thoughts:

Trials strip away self-confidence, self-reliance, and self-dependence. This is a good thing.

In God’s eyes perseverance, endurance, and steadfastness are far more valuable than comfort and ease.

The result of trials, which is mature and complete faith, is more to be desired than health, wealth, or prosperity.

Every trial is for my good and God’s glory.

The full effect of suffering is a complete, robust, joyful faith in the one who walked you through the valley of the shadow of death. Sometimes God has to take away your crutches so you’ll fall into the gurney He has ready for you.

And that’s why we can count it all joy.

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