Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
– James 1:2-3
Everyday adversity: problems, trials, temptations – all these test our faith. These trials act as a test of perseverance in the pursuit of good and help the soul to grow in patience, which is a much needed virtue
Being patient and steadfast reflects enduring perseverance, and is quite different from the mere passive endurance of suffering. Being patient and steadfast, comes from the virtue of fortitude and leads one to accept suffering as something sent by God.
Fortitude is grounded on hope and on faith put to the test; and it is also very fruitful, and produces immense and infectious Christian joy!
“God knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come out like gold.” – Job (23:10)
Father God, thank You for all the blessings You have given me,
let me never forget all that is good in my life,
all that brings me joy.
Holy Spirit, whenever I have to face
difficulty, pain, adversity and temptation,
fill me with the mental and emotional strength that I need.
Faithful Jesus, help me endure…with joy
– joy which comes from knowing that You are always with me,
shaping and strengthening me for Your glory.
Lord, I trust in You, and in good times and in bad I will praise You!