Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 5, 2017

Joy Through Suffering

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

James 1:2 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (NIV)

 James, the half-brother of Jesus, begins his letter talking about suffering.  He grew up with Jesus and saw how Jesus lived and heard Him talk.  He didn’t believe or understand Who Jesus is until close to the crucifixion but became a leader in the new Christian movement.  He wrote guaranteeing followers of Jesus would suffer.  Today we hear much about how, as Christians, our life should be full of blessings.  Little is said about suffering unless it is tied to sin.  God does bless His children.  He also permits us to go through the school of suffering.  Without suffering ourselves we can’t relate to the world and minister God’s love.  Suffering is used for our own benefit as well as the benefit of others watching how we walk through suffering.  When I had cancer I published letters that went around the country.  I heard from ministers who read my letters to their congregation and were blessed.  We are here to fellowship with God and to allow Him to work through us to bring others into His Kingdom.  We are not to dictate to God how He is to use us.  When we walk through a suffering time we must ask Him how we are to walk through it and what we are to learn from it.  Doing this turns suffering into blessings.  Let us really count it pure joy no matter what we are walking through knowing it is God Who is in control of all that touches us.

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