Consider it Pure Joy

James 1:2-3 NIV, “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Joy may not always be our first response when faced with trials. Instead it may be fear, worry, confusion, or anger, just to name a few. Trials cause us discomfort, and tend to alter our lives in someway, and of course that is not something we are eager to embrace.

However, because we have Jesus, we don’t have to walk through our trials alone. He is always by our side. His presence with us is the reason we can, “consider it pure joy” when faced with trials. God’s Word assures us, that as our faith is tested, we learn to trust Him more and develop perseverance.

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Maintaining our faith in Jesus, and not giving up in the midst of trouble, puts us in a position to experience the joy of the Lord. Everything that occurs in our lives may not be good, but God has promised to work all things out for our good when we love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Whatever trials you may be facing today, take heart and know that God is with you. I pray His joy and love will fill your heart, and that praise to Him would continually be on your lips, as you keep hoping and trusting in His holy Name.

46 thoughts on “Consider it Pure Joy

  1. In Hebrews 12 we are given the way to have joy in the midst or struggles- “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

    The joy is what is ahead of us- eternal life with Jesus, and what can never be taken from us- relationship with Jesus.

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    1. Glad to help encourage you and others! 🤗 My daughter is good. She has been helping the teachers by preparing online video lessons. They are still on lockdown. Thanks for asking. How’s your family?

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      1. I am glad to know she is okay. This is something that we all, young and old, have to learn to adopt to. We are doing great. Thank God. They are going to release us for half day begining tomorrow. Thanks for asking.

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  2. Ah sweet sister, the word ‘Consider’ is really hitting home as I think on this verse. It’s like Br. James is saying, “I know what you all are dealing with. I’m not negating the effects you feel as a result of these trials but pause for a moment, stop, and (here’s the word), consider the trials to be pure joy.” Thank you for reminding us that in the midst of the pain, the hurt and the strife, we can choose to consider pure joy instead of pure angst 🤗

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    1. “Consider” is an interesting word to ponder. We can be so caught up in our trials or even in everyday life we forget to stop and consider. Thanks sis for pointing this out. You’re welcome! 🤗

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  3. This post just expresses a lot I can relate with. I had a downtime earlier today and just caught up with thoughts. Glad we can sing praises and His joy truly help us through such times.
    Yes, our trials are a bridge to our breakthrough. 💃
    Thanks for sharing big sis. ❤

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    1. You’re welcome little sister. Praying that the Lord will continue to keep you and strengthen you. Yes “our trials are a bridge to our breakthrough”, I like that.
      Hugs 🤗 ❤️

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