#5 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James 1:1-18]: Faith

So, we have determined that the reason we face trial and difficulty is so that the Lord can develop endurance within us. That aspect of His nature that resembles his everlasting and eternal quality. Through suffering we become more like Him and can bear His image more fully on the Earth. A true reason to … Continue reading

#4 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James 1:1-18]: Endurance

So we have determined that to see suffering from the Lord’s perspective, we really must look at what the scriptures say. We must not base our understanding on our emotions or past bad experiences. Rather, we must ask the Lord to give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ and … Continue reading

#3 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James1:1-18]: Perspective

So we have established that we should consider suffering and difficulty as an opportunity for JOY! In looking at them as a means through which we reach the top (of that mountain) and receive the glory that awaits us there. The pain being a momentary experience, only a means to an end. But before we … Continue reading

#2 – The Wisdom of Suffering [James 1:1-18]: JOY!

I love James. He says to consider it a “JOY” when encountering trials, difficulty, or even temptations. Lets look at what the concept of Joy actually entails from the Random House Dictionary: The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation. A source or cause of keen … Continue reading