“Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].” (James 1: 2-3, Amplified Bible)
Our challenges are reasons for joy! Yes, I know that may sound hard to believe, but it is true that when trials come, the experiences have a way of moving us forward. We progress in understanding, in wisdom, and in the blessing of spiritual maturity.
And we can realize this happy gratitude much more naturally when we give up the belief that the troubles that come are here to punish us. We may think that we have done something wrong and therefore we suffer. Or we may believe that we are victims in battles we should not have to fight.
But when we let go of either of these premises and begin to see that while we are not eager for problems, the solving of them, the strength, patience, enlightenment that comes, is well worth it. We can rejoice in the fact that, as this message says, we are brothers and sisters, and so we are not lonely warriors. We have not been singled out and we are not alone as we seek the higher good.
And this true joy in all circumstances comes as we lean on God. The trials become occasions for trust, a freeing release of ego, and a blessed discovery of grace and its power to heal and to save.
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