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VerseD: James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1:17, NKJV

James basically gave a commentary on Jesus’ sermon on the mount. He started with the reminder that God wants to give us good things, beginning with the wisdom to seek out and then share Him and His righteousness.

VerseD: Colossians 3:13

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:13, ESV

When we stand together, we are stronger. When we feel (or are) slighted, get over yourself and love them through forgiveness.

VerseD: Romans 5:3-4

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Romans 5:3‭-‬4, ESV

The reward helps us endure.

The process mabites us more like Christ.

Christ is our hope!

VerseD: Romans 15:4

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:4, ESV

Once again, if anyone says we do not need the Hebrew scriptures, the Old Testament, does not know the Bible. Here, Paul explicitly reminds the reader that even those writings give instruction, encouragement, and hope.

VerseD: Isaiah 54:17

But no weapon will be able to hurt you; you will have an answer for all who accuse you. I will defend my servants and give them victory.” The Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 54:17, GNT

Today, we know we have truth on our side, and living rightly leaves no room for debate or accusation.

Soon, the Lord’s victory will be complete, His enemies made His footstool, and we shall dwell in His presence forever!

VerseD: Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2, ESV

Trust the Lord. He desires to take care of us, watch over us, and rescue us, even miraculously.

VerseD: Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18, ESV

First World problems? Third World problems?

Persecution? Annoyances?

War? Feuds? Squabbles?

Whatever afflicts us, let us remember that we are either being transformed or being used to transform for Christ’s glory.