What does James 1:1-2 mean about being perfect?

“It is written,man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” . ~Matthew 4:4

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James, the half brother of Jesus, explains just how we can become perfect, when he wrote:

    “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  [4] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4James 1:2-4
English: World English Bible - WEB

2 Count it all joy, my brothers The word for “brothers” here and where context allows may also be correctly translated “brothers and sisters” or “siblings.”, when you fall into various temptations, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

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Here is the message of this text.

  1. Count it all joy when you meet trials/tests of your faith, i.e. your trust in God.  For:
  2. The Testing of your faith/trust in God produces steadfastness, or endurance as another translation says, which are both referring to getting into the habit of trusting God.
  3. Then when we get into that habit, Heaven considers us to be perfect, complete, lacking in nothing.

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