Perseverance during Life’s Trials

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

F82890B1-382F-48D2-9A1F-40EAAF7835A6We have all endured temptations and preserved through life’s  trials, but some seem especially difficult.  Saying goodbye to a family member too soon, watching a friend slowly die or suffer with an illness, poverty, war, homelessness, hunger, and pain are among of the trials we encounter, and there are many more.  How close we live to pain and suffering.  Yet, when we search our hearts, we can find a glimpse of happiness even in the most painful moments.  Although it may be difficult, there is always something for which to be thankful, and there is always someone who has more difficult trials.

God does not bring pain and suffering, but people sometimes suffer because of their 5A149D40-4077-47B5-87E1-F8A9BEBB0DB6beliefs.  John the Baptizer was beheaded after rebuking Herod for marrying Herodias, his niece and ex-wife of his brother  (Mark 6:17–29).  Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60), as was James, the brother of Jesus.  Peter was crucified upside down and Paul was beheaded.  Other early disciples were crucified in various places.  Christians have been cooked alive, dragged to death, skinned alive, sewn into skins and eaten alive by wild animals,  starved, boiled, ground to death, had the inner organs eaten by pigs while alive and tortured in numerous other ways.  Christians are still persecuted today.

So, one must wonder despite all these horrible things why has Christianity grown 51101F3D-30BE-4445-898E-A0AF47B4EACFexponentially from the very beginning.  Why are people willing to be tortured and killed without fighting back and all the while praying for those who persecute them?  For me the answer is undeserved loving forgiveness and redemption from sin (grace) by faith that brings promises of eternal life.  The faith carried by beliefs is so strong that we are able to face adversity in the steps of Jesus.  James the Just, who was later stoned to death , said “[b]lessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James‬ ‭1:12‬‬‬).  The good news is whether you are dying a martyr or living through every day trials, your love for the Lord will lead you to the “crown of life”.  Keep the faith.

Have a super Saturday.  God bless you.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, puts our life into perspective, doesn’t it? Praise God for his tender mercies of having us live in this day and a country where we can worship without fear . . . so far. I pray that will not change but fully expect it to, unless our country clings to our LORD. Blessings back,

  2. Amen!!! Glory to Jesus! This really made me pondered deeply and has be reflecting on how BLESSED we are as a twin island to worship, praise & preach the gospel of Jesus Christ freely, you know! Wow! Blessings to you always! 🙂

    1. Thank you. We often take for granted how blessed we truly are! 🙂

      1. You’re so welcome, yes indeed.

  3. Love this.
    Our daughter almost died soon after birth in a freak circumstance. Only God could have brought her through almost unscathed. I just reblogged her story. At BloomsandBeautifuls.wordpress.com
It is a daily struggle for me to push fear out of the way and Trust in Gods plan.

    1. For me as well. Our daughter was very ill as an infant. We took her from hospital to hospital. When she was two, we were so happy that she had lived that long. She’s now 27, healthy and a mother. 😊. The joy James is talking about is an inner peace that only God and his son Jesus can provide. Stay blessed.

      1. Wow! I’m so thankful she is ok. Thank you so much for sharing! 💜 much love to you and your family!

      2. Thank you. I am too. 💕💕

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