When your journey gets tough, is rejoicing the first thing you do?

Um, me neither. The only party I’m pitching is a pity-party.

However, consider these words:

“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 (NIV)

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, 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 (NIV)

I’d like to have perseverance, character, and hope. I’d certainly like to be mature and complete, too. But, it appears those qualities come as a result of going through suffering and trials of many kinds. That maybe the rough patches in the journey are creating something good inside of me. That I am being transformed by the process (sense a theme here?).

Look again at those verses. The joy is not in honor of the suffering. The joy is because the pain has a purpose. And the end result is worth celebrating.

Rejoice in Trials … Because
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5 thoughts on “Rejoice in Trials … Because

  • September 2, 2009 at 9:31 am
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    >Hi, Candee!

    I really do try to remember that! I really do. It's just that suffering is hard. It's hurts.

    I've found that joy through suffering feels a bit different than joy through celebration. It's more layered, I think. It's definitely there, just has a different face and feel.

  • September 2, 2009 at 11:26 am
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    >It is often hard to see good in hardships, particularly in the midst of it. But there is not one challenge I've had in my life where I haven't come out of it on the other side with something new, something helpful toward new challenges, and a reminder of the importance of perseverance.

    Thanks for the reminder that trials are what help build our character and make us stronger.

  • September 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm
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    >Love that idea of having joy in the midst of our pain because it has a PURPOSE! What an awesome way to view it!

  • September 3, 2009 at 7:15 pm
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    >Thanks for becoming a Follower over at my blog and commenting.

    I'm so glad the Lord can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around for our good.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

  • September 4, 2009 at 10:13 am
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    >Cindy and Susan – Welcome!

    Having been through plenty of trials already, it helps me to look back and see the progress I've made. I'm changed by the journey (for the better) and that's worth a bit of rejoicing.

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