April 5, 2012
James tells us that how we stand up under trials, no matter how severe, are a strong indicator of our salvation. In other words, if we endure, good sign we are saved. If we don't, well... that could be a pretty good sign that we're not.
Warren Wiersbe puts it this way:
"Our values determine our evaluations. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to ‘count it all joy!’ If we live only for the present and forget the future, the trials will make us bitter, not better."
So where are you when it comes to trials?
The following is a study on James 1:1-12.