James 1:1-4

Introduction:  How do you get through a situation that feels like you want to give up or give in?  Or feels like you can’t keep going?

Who is James? (v.1)

  • This James is the younger brother of Jesus.
  • At first, James did not believe Jesus was the Messiah.  (John 6:7)
  • After his resurrection, Jesus revealed himself to James by himself.
    (I Corinthians 15:7)
  • James is the head of the Jerusalem council.

What we learn about Suffering

1.  Troubles are inevitalble.

  • One reason we don’t suffer well is that our focus is on the here and now.
  • Consider it  = think about, reframe.

What you believe about the adversity you face will determine how you respond to it.

2.  Suffering reveals our character.

  • The trials we face don’t just test us. They reveal us.

3.  Four areas that are developed ONLY through suffering.

  • Humility  (2 Corinthians 12:7)
  • Freedom: At the core of suffering is something that is  that you think you must have.
  • Compassion
  • Faith

4.  Suffering produces perseverance.

  • Defined:   to “remain under.”
  • Also translated to endure. (ie. to stand your ground)