Is Your Suffering a Source of Joy? Lacking Nothing?

Lacking Nothing: We Are Able To Suffer Trials With Joy

This is the first part of a series on the topic on how we need to face suffering/persecution in our lives.

The letter of James begins by telling us we need to have joy in something that normally will bring distress and anxiety. James says as Christians we are to expect and even welcome the trials in our lives.

James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

We as Christians probably question how can we actually find joy in suffering. After all, the two words seem like an oxymoron. To suffer does not bring joy and to know joy there is no suffering. So how does this make sense?  Continue reading