In James 1:1-18 it is clear that believers should respond to suffering with joy. But what I find most incredible about this passage is the reason WHY we are to respond in this way. Throughout the entire passage, James points us to the character of God. He reminds us that regardless of what you and I face in life God wants to use it to make us more like Jesus. God is a good Father who loves to give good gifts. If you struggle to believe that, let me encourage you to look to the cross. It is there that we see the greatest suffering any man has ever endured collide with the greatest gift anyone could ever offer. As believers, we have the privilege — in the midst of suffering — of identifying with Jesus. In other words, you and I are never more like Jesus than when we embrace suffering with joyful steadfastness.
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