"The one who knows much should say little; an understanding person remains calm. Even fools who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they seem smart." ~ Proverbs 17:27-28
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• In Mark 5, Jesus healed a man who was possessed by demons. The man asked to go with Jesus, but verse 19 tells us of Jesus’ response: “And he did not permit him but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’” All of us who have accepted Jesus into our hearts have the same responsibility... to share with others what Jesus has done for us... He died for us, offers forgiveness to anyone who repents, and offers eternal salvation and security. None of us deserve it, and yet, He freely gives to all who believe in Him. Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for bridging the gap between our sinful nature and God’s holiness. Ask the Holy Spirit to embolden you go share with others what Jesus has done for you.
Joy. Sounds good, but hard to put into practice, right? As human beings, the last thing we think of when troubles come is to be joyful, and yet this is what James is calling us to. He even says “when”—not “if”—knowing troubles come to everyone. His challenge compels us to consider whether or not suffering is worth it, rather than wondering why it happens. With this perspective, we can focus on opportunities to grow and persevere as we learn to rely on God’s plans for our perfection.
Perseverance is the ability to choose the good even in the midst of hardships, which results in a faith that is fully developed—complete and needing nothing else (James 1:3-4). The Lord in his infinite wisdom understood that if we had a straight and narrow path in life, we would never need to cry out to him for guidance and direction. #ExerciseYourFaith#faithandfitness#christian#wcw#wce