James 1:1-4 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Diamonds are the hardest materials on earth. They are created under immense pressure. They start out as dirty black carbon, without much value; But, over time, the carbon hardens under pressure and becomes a beautiful diamond. After being cut and polished, that diamond sparkles and shines in the light. It goes from being soft, black carbon to a hard, brilliant, dazzling stone.
There is a diamond inside of every one of us. You see, the pressure we feel and the trials we face can strengthen us. The Lord can use that pressure to create diamonds. I am under tremendous pressure, but with the help of the Lord, my mind has become stronger. (more…)