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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


James 1:2

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of many kinds." NIV

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations." KJV

What is this joy we are supposed to have when we are being tested and tried and why are we to have it? The Greek work for joy in this verse is the same one used in Hebrews 2:2 that describes the joy set before Jesus as He went to the cross to endure the most cruel and humiliating death. He was not joyful for the torture, He was joyful because He knew His obedience would redeem mankind to Himself. We experience the same joy, not because we are going through difficulties, but because we know we will be in eternity with our Lord. None of us have had to experience the trial He did, but we get to reap the reward. How awesome is our God!

Heavenly Father, we praise and worship You for the gift of salvation. Help us to never take for granted what Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary. When we are going through difficult times, help us to be joyful, knowing this is all temporary and we will be with Him forever. In His precious name we pray, Amen.

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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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