Joy

James 1:2-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ESV #Bible

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How’s your attitudie?  That’s what I ask my children when they are angry or frustrated.
Of course they understand I expect them to answer “its fabulous”. Why because I desire them to maintain their emotions, even to control them.
It is our attitude that makes the difference between a good life and a bad life.
When we realize we are on the throne of our life, and submitted to our Saviour Jesus the Christ, we can manage and control our emotions or feelings.
We don’t have to be a pinball bouncing off of the  paddles of our emotions and feelings.
We have been set free, we are no longer slaves to the evils of sin found in our flesh, or human nature.
James is telling us to adjust to, or count it all joy when we meet or are confronted by trials of various kinds.
Notice James is telling us to do this, we are capable of this attitude.
Remember, we are filled with power from on high, the Holy Spirit, our Companion. He will help us to accomplish a Joyful attitude, and maintain it in steadfastness with confidence. That we may reach perfection, or completeness, as we rise above with joy, the various trials we meet along life’s path. Remember you cannot stay angry or sad when you put a smile on your face.

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