DO YOU HAVE A HIGH VIEW OF SUFFERING? IF YOU CAN TAKE IT YOU
CAN MAKE IT
JAMES 1: 1 - 4
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JESUS CHRIST said, "These things I have spoken to you, that in
Me you may have peace (it is an option). In the world you will
have tribulation (it is not an option); but be of good cheer, I
have overcome the world" (John 16: 33).
In Jesus you can have peace. In the world you will have
Those to whom Christ spoke these words initially are not unlike
us. Conversely, we are not unlike them. This statement is
intended to give us triumphant hope.
What the statement means is it is for sure you are going to have
Jesus Christ, the realist, didn't want us to be unprepared so He
forewarned us that we would have trouble. Was He right?
I always enjoy finding a quote form Emile Brunner, the Swiss
theologian, with which I agree in that I disagree with so much
he said. He was right when he said, "What oxygen is to the
lungs, such is hope for the meaning of life."
Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and does the
God makes a promise -- faith believes it, hope anticipates it,
and patience quietly awaits it.
Hope springs eternal but for some the spring is getting
Later, Christ's sibling brother, born to Mary of Joseph, James,
was inspired to amplify this theme in James 1: 1 - 4.
I. THE PROCESS "COUNT"
He doesn't say "feel joyful when you have problems." God doesn't
want us ...
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