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James 1:2 (NLT) ‘Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.’


I used to often ponder why would God allow this scripture to make it in the bible.

Why would I ever ‘count it all joy’ when I am living in a reality of trouble?

Especially when this trouble is causing me so much anguish and pain. I know that in the famous words of Frankie Beverly he sings about ‘Joy and Pain are like sunshine and rain’. So can it be possible to live a life of joy while experiencing pain? It took me some time to really reflect on this and then I read the next verse that says ‘knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance’.

So I began to understand that the deep underline feeling of joy comes as we go through the trials of life, with God’s help, and a deeper faith is being produced in us. So, although I may not feel happy due to the pain I may be experiencing, I can be joyful because as a child of God I know that he is working something in and around me that is for my good.

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