James1:12 Blessed is the man who perserveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
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This verse means a lot to me because of how it has affected other's lives and how it could have affected my life.
I was brought up in a very dysfunctinal home, even though sixty years ago, it was not considered dysfunctional. My father was very abusive, both verbally and physically plus he was very innappropriate in the ways he treated me. My mother was caught in the trap of being frightened of how she could survive if she left him. Back then, there were no programs for her. Plus she never has nor does she believe. It took complete faith later in life for me to forgive and break the chain.
My doctor, who is 10 years younger than me, grew up in the slums of NYC. His family was extremely poor, but his gift of intelligence got him into a special school called Bronx Science and from there he was accepted in Harvard University on full scholarship. He perservered and clawed his way out of the poverty and of course, now has brought his family with him.
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I have a friend, who came here with his mother and brother from Puerto Rico when he was 5 years old. They lived on a coffee plantation and had nothing, but the clothes they were wearing. His aunt paid their way to the U.S. where they lived in Paterson, NJ. His mother worked and left him and his brother alone for most of the night. She actually nailed the windows closed so they could not leave. She was eventually joined by his father and another brother and sister were born. Another long and sad story short, his younger brother died of aids in prison leaving a wife with 2 small children, his sister died of aids that she was given by her "husband" leaving 2 small children to be raised by his mother. He and his brother are drug addicts and are now 51 and 52. His brother lives in poverty doing anything he can to feed his addiction. My friend has relocated to New Mexico and has only now begun his road to recovery through perserverance and a strong love and faith in the Lord.
These are all examples, of people I know, who have and have not been able to be what they could be through perserverance.
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James1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
For me, the only way to get the strength to perservere under trial, is to put all of your trust in the Lord and look forward. He died for us!
By Sue (mysavior)
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