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Responding to Trials (4 of 17)
Series: The Epistle of James
Most of us by now have no doubt seen, read, or heard Ted Bundy's interview with Dr. James Dobson just a few hours before he was put to death for numerous capital crimes. One thing that came out most clearly in the interview was the horrible suffering, pain and grief, which has been inflicted upon the families of these innocent victims. Some have shared that they now have a sense of relief since his execution in the Florida State Prison early Tuesday morning. Others have said it really hasn't made that much difference in their reaction over all these years since he was arrested and convicted. But now it is finally over. Nothing more can be done. Nobody can undue what has been done.
If any of these people, who will live forever with the horror of this before them, are Christians, there is great help for them.
First, they can learn from the Word of God that trials, suffering, persecution come to all men. It is only because of the grace of God that things aren't much worse in all of our lives.
Second, the believer can be assured that the Word of God will bring understanding concerning these heavy trials. Last week we studied where James said (verse 16), "Do not err, my beloved brethren," (concerning these heavy trials). Don't make a mistake about them. Don't get mixed up about what's happening to you. Remember, be "swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath," and understanding will come.
Third, the believer can be fully assured that God's Word outlines for us how to respond to these "manifold trials," these heavy burdens that come upon us. That is what we want to talk about today.
Notice as we begin that the word, "wherefore " opens verse 19 and also verse 21. These two words are not the same in meaning or intent. In verse 19 the word is "hoste," which means "know this, or ye know this," ... "Let every be believer be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wr ...
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