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"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations." James 1:2. You may wonder where there is room
for joy in temptation; but after you have learned to endure it for a while, you will learn the secret of making your
temptations transparent by the compound application of faith and trust. No temptation seems joyous for the present;
but by faith we can see through the temptation and behold the strength and the victory that we are winning through
its endurance, and thus the severest temptation may be mixed with joy. As Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him,
endured the suffering of the cross; so we, for the joy of the victory set before us, may gladly endure the temptation,
and by anticipating the blessings pronounced on the man that endures temptation, we may have joy at present, though
overtaken by divers temptations. By considering the worth of temptations and the benefit to our experience to be
derived from them, we can count them joy.
"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:3. Patience is a priceless gem. So when we
are blessed with the very cause that effects patience – temptation – we should not yield to sin nor murmur at our lot.
"But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." Jas. 1:4. Perfect and
entire, wanting nothing – thank God! What a happy state! Yet the road by which this state is reached is one of
temptation; for temptation tries our faith, faith works patience, and patience perfects us in every good thing.


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