As we consider this text the question we need to ask is: Are we increasing in our faith in Christ and in our love for all the saints?
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. The most mature Christians have often suffered greatly and yet experience great joy. The Comforter helps us and guides us in our persecution. Persecution cements the truth together with the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.
Wisdom is to face trials with steadfast faithfulness. In the biblical view, wisdom comes not from man's abstract reflection, but through God's word and the trials He sends.
The Crown of Life
Double-mindedness in our theology leads to instability in every other area of our lives.
Voyage to Victory
Nothing is more lovely than a Christian whose conversation is filled with grace and truth.