Notes from sermon given by Jade Holownia of Tenth Church in Vancouver.
Scripture passage: James 1:1-12
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In a trial, challenges or suffering, we shall do the following:
- Perspective shift
Don’t be unprepared; open our eyes, we WILL face trouble in this life. Suffering produces benefits, maturity, and completion, “not lacking in ANYTHING.
Victor Francl: man can survive any how with a why.
If there is a purpose in the suffering, then you can endure with God’s help.
Suffering burns away pride, leaving humility;
it burns away indifference, leaving compassion and empathy;
it burns away the illusion that we are in control and independent, and leaving us with the truth of how dependent we are on God. In this kind of suffering we triumph with a sense of freedom from all things we thought we needed.
The things left are what is good.
Suffering is like a furnace that God uses to refine us, test us, to improve us to make us the best we can, to become pure gold. (Proverb 17:3)
If we ALLOW Him, He WILL finish the job.
Malcom Muggeridge: “everything I learned was through affliction and not happiness.”
Suffering makes you better, not bitter. WISDOM is how you get through the trials.
Worldly wisdom indoctrinates us to seek comfort, to self-medicate, to sooth pain, to run to substances, fleeting pleasures, and illusory self-satisfaction.
But James calls us to take advantage of this opportunities to become better people.