“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete” (James 1:2-4).

We speak of our commitment to the arduous task of discipleship and the passionate pursuit of Christlikeness then wilt, complain, or flee from any unpleasant experience set before us; failing to realize that these are the very things that God uses to forge the character of His people and His church. He gives us both the courage and the capacity to stare down every painful episode and, having persevered, better equipped to face forthcoming hardships and to walk with others through theirs.

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