Beyond the Weekend

November 18 | Transformation

November 18, 2021


Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

Read: James 1:4
James 1


James urges believers to cooperate with God as he develops perseverance in them so their faith would become mature and complete. He’s reminding them that through these difficult situations, God will grow them to look more and more like the character of Jesus. James knows that as they cooperate with God, their lives will reflect Jesus through patience, kindness, humility, love, joy, gratitude, trust, wisdom, self-control and a lack of vengeance.

When we face adversity, our lives can go in two directions. We can turn away from God and become bitter, angry, toxic and resentful. Or we can turn to God, and he will transform us to be more like Jesus. Through the power of his Holy Spirit, we will reflect Jesus’s character in every situation. He enables us to show his kindness and patience in a difficult relationship, not retaliate when wronged or practice self-control when faced with temptation.

A healthy habit of gratitude shifts our heart from what’s going wrong toward God and what he’s done for us. It keeps our hearts soft to God as we grow in Christlikeness and is a discipline he can use day-by-day to transform us to be more like Christ.


Join Ada Worship as they sing, “Goodness of God.” Praise God that all your life, he has been faithful and so, so good, even during your hardships. Tell God that you will sing of his goodness and give thanks to him with every breath you are able.


Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is 2 Peter 2.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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