My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:2-4 (KJV)
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
I Peter 1:7 (KJV)
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 (KJV)
Count it all joy when trials come for this
is how we are perfected and sanctified
in Jesus Christ our Savior, God’s Son.
Count it all joy when troubles come
for this is when the golden threads of
patience are woven within us so that our
hearts are opened even wider to receive
the blessed treasures of wisdom, insight, truth,
and love from our Savior, Lord and friend.
Count it all joy when our Savior trusts us with
trials, troubles, and tests. For this is when our
Triune God is turning our lives into Holy gold.
Count it all joy. Count it all joy. Count it all joy
brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ! Count it all joy
for anything and everything that our loving
Savior allows into our lives is to create in us
all that is noble, pure, lovely, and of good report.
Count it all joy. Count it all joy. Count it all joy when
we are being transformed from glory to glory to be more
and more like our Savior and Lord. May “count it all joy”
be our gleaming, glorious, moment by moment, hope-filled,
lived out, Christ-honoring, Spirt empowered, Imago-Dei theology.