When Trouble Comes

James 1:2-4 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles 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.”

The verse says “when troubles come…”, it doesn’t say “if”; that means troubles are an inevitable part of life on earth. But they serve a purpose: so faith gets tested, your endurance will grow, and you will be perfect and complete. 
If you look back at history, there isn’t a single individual who didn’t become great without having gone through challenges and trials. Not one! For some reason, trials have a purging effect. They have a way of bringing out what’s inside you, and when faith has its perfect work, meaning it has completed the assignment it was supposed to, you become strong, unwavering, unshakeable. 
Like a lighthouse that stands as a guiding light so ships don’t get lost in the night or during a storm, you can be a source of strength and encouragement for others, helping them reach their own destiny. A person who has gone through severe trials and passes with flying colors becomes a person who doesn’t just exist, but thrives. He is full of life, full of joy, full of peace. His attitudes have changed and has become a person of character, someone with integrity, understanding and compassionate, humble but confident; a Christian whose hope is anchored in God. When anyone looks at a person like that, you can’t help but know you stand before greatness. That is faith that has completed its work. That is why we should consider it an “opportunity for great joy” because what is revealed is a masterpiece with the signature of God. 
Encourage others. Pass on and share.

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