Jesus teaches his followers saying, “when people reject you or persecute you for following me, rejoice, be very glad, because your reward is great in heaven.” We see in Jesus’ teaching that true joy can survive the harshest of circumstances because it depends on God and his promises for his people’s eternal future.

Read: Matthew 5:11-12, Acts 13:50-52, Hebrews 12:1-3

Reflection and Discussion Questions:

According to these passages, how can joy be sustained even in painful and threatening circumstances?

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