Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The opening teaching of the book of James is very interesting in that after a very brief introduction he gets right into addressing the fact that they, wherever they are, are facing persecution. One of the things that Christian Jewish people had to face was the fact that persecution came from two fronts. 1) as Christians they often faced persecution from the secular Roman authorities although not always and 2) The faced most of their persecution from Jews that had rejected Christ as Messiah.
James’ opening is al about encouragement about telling them to count it all joy when they fall into trials. The reason for this is very much about character development. In particular trials being about patience and that when it is perfected it means a person will not have any lack in any thing. It is a very large promise for those who suffer trials of all kinds.
Next: Testing Your Faith – Part 2 (Chapter 1:5-8)