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“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials…”


when you fall into various trials

The word “when” indicates that it is inevitable that we will encounter trial. No Christian escapes trials. The idea of the Greek word is whenever, not if we fall into various trials. There is no doubt that trouble will come.


Every Christian will inevitably face trial.


All trials benefit the believer. The trials here are not temptations but trials of the soul. No one gets through life without trouble and trial. That is the result of the Fall. Every Christian should expect trial and develop a biblical coping mechanism for dealing with trouble.

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also” (John 15:20).

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).