Early Christians faced numerous challenges, including government persecution, adhering to a different set of beliefs, and striving to do what is right in an immoral world. These issues are not unique to the first century but continue to be relevant today.

How do you cope with the challenges you encounter?

James tells his readers that it is possible to find joy in the midst of trials and temptations.

Do you find joy, even in the smallest amount amid trials and temptations?

This is achievable for Christians because they have a long-term perspective. James writes, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” (James 1.2-3 ESV)

Steadfastness, when fully developed, helps Christians become mature and complete (James 1:4). A long-term perspective has its advantages.

Christians know that things in life work towards a greater good because they have a God who cares for their well-being. James encourages his readers to ask God for wisdom, as He will grant it to those who have faith (James 1:5-8).

How do you deal with challenges?

Do you have a long-term perspective?

Do you seek wisdom from God?

Just some thoughts,




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