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Monday, December 30: Let perseverance finish its work

Daily ScripturesThe New Testament letter of James challenges believers on several fronts. Where do trials come from? Are we saved by listening or by doing, by faith or by works? How should we treat the rich and the poor? Join with us as we read through this important, practical book.

Read James 1:1-4

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Reflect

James opens his letter by describing an important progression he sees at work, from trials and testing to perseverance to maturity. Can you think of a trying time in your life when you pressed forward in faith rather than giving up or giving in? Can you look back now and see how this made you a more mature, more complete person?

Respond

Pray today for perseverance in the future. Ask God to help you to recognize trials and to respond to them by relying on him, and not on yourself.

 

 

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