Can trials really be pure joy?

4 02 2012

Today we are going to talk about why trials are pure joy.


“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3


To understand why trials are pure joy, first we must to understand what trials are. The word trial comes from the word try. The meaning of try: to pick out, to sift, another definition is to fit or finish with accuracy. My favorite is to purify, or refine, because these words help us to understand what the Lord is trying to tell us here in James 1.


Trials don’t come into our lives to frustrate us, rather they come to purify and refine us so as we become purified and refined, we are proficient at what we are trying to do,  and like the seasoned athlete who crosses the finish line tired but with pure joy for he has finished the race well!


Trying, i.e. trials are always in the end a good thing. Years ago, I realized that trying is another word for learning.  Learning to do new things (trials) help us to stay young and so just as with my early years of blogging, which were tough times hoping someone would read my thoughts, now blogging has turned into pure joy! I have learned the secrets through my trials to blog for it isn’t about getting it right, rather it is about sharing from my heart what the Lord is showing me.


Join me next time as we look at James chapter 1 and remember…

Trials product pure joy when we see them as learning opportunities,

so enjoy the journey!


Blessings and Complete Joy,



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