Count It as Joy
In His Presence: In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:6-7).
How are we supposed to react to trials when they come our way? Trials are inevitable for the Christian; we must all face trials of some kind at some point in our lives. James told us the first thing we should do is to consider, orcount in some versions, our trials as joy. The Greek word used for “count” is an accounting term meaning to add up. Why must we count trials as joy? Because sometimes when we are going through trials, they just don’t add up. They don’t make sense. It doesn’t seem fair to have to face what we must deal with.
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We can’t ignore the pain of a trial, but we must focus on the purpose.
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