[The high price of wisdom and maturity]
Gym Jocks, trainers, coaches and motivational speakers have been teaching the Message of James 1:2-8 for years: “No Pain – No Gain”!
But James doesn’t say that trials just build bigger muscles or mental resolve but that difficulties in life are vital in helping us become “mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
The way of Christ is not easy but it is so good.
James 1:2-8 [NIV]
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.