James 1:3

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

James 1:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
ESV
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
NLT
3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
MSG
3 You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
CSB
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

James 1:3 Meaning and Commentary

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 ) .

James 1:3 In-Context

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 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.

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