1 Peter 4:13 — But rejoice to the extent that you partake in Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy (NKJV).
Joy takes a character-building approach to suffering. Peter taught that we should not be surprised or feel singled out when tested. Hardship is not a unique-to-you experience, so don’t allow difficulties to get you down.
In fact, you should rejoice in your trials because you have something in common with Jesus. If you partake in His sufferings, you will also behold His glory. Maybe you should shout right now!
Joy helps you to see that your life is not over when you face opposition. May you be able to confess as Paul did, “In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.” In other words, the more hardship you face, the more opportunity there is for exceeding joy in your life.
I challenge you to allow joy to shape your perspective today. Your suffering is only for a moment. You are coming through, and the best is yet to come!
2 Corinthians 7:4 — I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds (NIV).
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