What I learned in LifeGroup Study on James wk 1 tonight
In LifeGroup tonight, we discussed the first part of James 1.
We talked about being joyful in trying situations, persevering or being patient (depending on translation) through them, to let perseverance finish it’s work in us so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything, and that if we don’t have wisdom to ask for it and believe that we have it.
In my own life I see this at work through struggles or temptations I face everyday, areas where I am weak. When I persevere, or succeed at not giving in, that helps me overcome and to be more mature and complete. In these times or in any, asking for wisdom is helpful. Sometimes I just remember to text or message a friend, other times I remember to call on God first and it may be to open the Bible, just talking with him helps, or another option he provides. Overall applying what we discussed to my life, I need to be thankful for the trying times and persevere, and ask for wisdom, so God can make me more mature and complete, not lacking anything. Being joyful in trial and persevering.
“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. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:1-8 NIV)