By Edwin Christiaan | December 19, 2021

Who does that? Not many Christians are walking like this! And yet Jesus said,

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are My followers. “BE HAPPY about it! BE VERY GLAD! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” Matthew‬ ‭5:11-12‬ ‭NLT

Furthermore, the Bible teaches,

“We can REJOICE too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” Romans‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭NLT

‬‬“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“SO BE TRULY GLAD. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NLT

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, BE VERY GLAD—for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world.” 1 Peter‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭NLT

‬‬See,

Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that should be produced in every true born-again follower of Christ!

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT

‬‬That’s why the apostle Paul emphasizes this when he says,

“Always be FULL OF JOY in the Lord. I say it again—REJOICE!” Philippians‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬