2 Dear brothers and sisters,t when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Even though I have read these Scriptures, this version (NLT) states the truth just a little different. When you are tested, we should consider it an opportunity for great joy. When you are tested, be happy! Be joyful! Even consider throwing a party! Why? Because testing means that you build endurance.
In my working out, I have learned when I work out and stress my body out I build endurance. What’s the point of building endurance? Being able to endure more. So I should be happy and celebrate that when my endurance is built, I will be able to endure longer better. In some ways, this truth does not comfort me. The fact that I need endurance promises the need to use it more. In other ways, this truth has so much comfort. If I can endure these things, then I will endure others better.
Let me endure well like Jesus did. I want to endure the way He did for me.