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But when I step back from the trials and tribulations and troubles of life, I realize I really do understand why James tells us to be joyful. God loves us so much that He wants to bring us to full maturity, to truly perfect His love in us, to genuinely bring our faith to a point at which it is wholly placed in Him. The joy isn’t in the challenging circumstances. The joy, I have discovered, is in the Lord Himself. For the end result of all the testing of our faith isn’t just a whole bunch more character. It’s about that through a life genuinely committed to believing in and following Christ, we get to spend eternity with the Lord God almighty in heaven. And there is nothing more joyful in the universe than Him and the promise of forever and ever in His presence!
Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.