James 1:3

3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Read James 1:3 Using Other Translations

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

What does James 1:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
James 1:3

Knowing this
By experience; as everyone that is trained up in the school of affliction does: the apostle appeals to the saints, to whom he writes, for the truth of what he was about to say; and which he gives as a reason why they should rejoice in afflictions, because it is a known fact,

that the trying of your faith worketh patience:
two things afflictions do when sanctified; one is, they try faith, the truth of it, and make it appear to be true, genuine, and precious, like gold tried in the fire; see ( 1 Peter 1:6 1 Peter 1:7 ) and the other is, that they produce patience: saints being inured to afflictions, become by degrees more patient under them; whence it is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth: this phrase may be understood, both of faith, which being tried by afflictions, produces patience; for where the one is in exercise, the other is also, and both are necessary under afflictive providences; and also of afflictions, which try faith, and being sanctified by the Spirit of God, work patience, which is a fruit of the Spirit; for otherwise the effect of them is impatience; and this agrees with the Apostle Paul in ( Romans 5:3 Romans 5:4 ) .

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