James wrote this verse as part of a letter to be sent to Christians living in his day who had been scattered under persecution (see Acts 8 for some history). Every day was hard for them. And James challenges them to do the impossible – to count their hard season as a positive.
Adopting healthy attitudes is a daily discipline that requires our enjoying time with God in prayer, yielding to others, and cultivating thoughts of gratitude for God’s grace.
Giving requires trust. God’s faithfulness then builds my faith. With a stronger faith, I become even more generous. As I continue to watch God provide, I overflow with gratitude.
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