Today I want to encourage you to meditate on one of the teachings I presented in the sermon Sunday which also was discussed in the small groups —
One of the unique aspects of Christian joy is that we can still experience joy in the midst of suffering. Sometimes our greatest joy comes after the most difficult times in our life. For example, the joy of children comes after pregnancy and childbirth. The Bible tells us again and again that following Jesus will bring difficult times, but in the midst of those times we will find true joy.
Reflect on James 1: 2-4
“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Have you ever experienced joy and pain at the same time? Consider how difficult times have led to stronger faith?
I want to encourage you to pray today – thanking God for the blessings you have received through times of struggle and pain.