November 25–Pure Joy, Huh??

Consider it pure joy, my brothers [and sisters], whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4

Here are some fundamental truths that I put my faith in…even in the hardest times:

I believe that God loves me…that God loves each of us…passionately and beyond what any of us could ever even begin to imagine.

I believe that God is good.

And knowing that those fundamental truths are eternally true, I can—and only by God’s loving grace and presence—consider it pure joy in the midst of trials. Not joy in the trials themselves. No way. Pain is Pain. Grief is Grief. Sadness is Sadness. Evil is Evil.

But! I can have joy in the outcome for what can happen within me because of the trials—because GOD IS GOD! And our God loves us and our God is good. And I know that God’s loving and good purpose for me, and for all of His children, is to make us more and more into the likeness of His Son–our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

And so every trial, every pain, every grief, every evil, every sadness can make us more like Jesus—IF we put ourselves into our Abba’s hands to comfort us and to shape us…to grow us in perseverance…to mature us and bring us to the complete fulfillment, not lacking in anything, for our life and character in Jesus Christ!

And THAT is pure joy…well, it will be!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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