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Wednesday, July 8

Devotional by Wes McGarry

James 1:2-3 (7/8)                 When people observe Christians what is it that they see? Maybe it is love. Perhaps they show grace to others. Maybe they are judgmental. While James does not give an exhaustive list of what people should see in Christian’s he does give one example. He says that one of the characteristics they should have is joy. What about during difficult times? What about during pandemics? What about when life is not going the way it is anticipated? What about when preferences are not being met? James says this in the second verse of the first chapter of his book: Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. Why is it that the Christian can have joy despite the current circumstances they find themselves in? Because through all these hardships God is maturing and making the Christian complete. So, take joy, brothers and sisters, as God is making you complete.

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