The letter of James concludes with a fitting focus on what genuine faith does: genuine faith prays and pursues. James, concise to a fault, leaves his readers with an exhortation that as followers of Jesus we are to move towards those who are in need. We pursue others in faith that God wants to heal and restore as we make our needs known to him in prayer.
How does James tell us to suffer? With patience. But let’s be honest, that’s much easier said than done. James 5:7-12 tells us not only how we are to engage with suffering, but gives us hope in reminding us that through it, Jesus is making us more like him. It doesn’t make things go away, but what more could we ask for than to be more like Jesus?