Biblical joy comes from the profound decision of faith and hope in the power of Jesus’ own life and love. When we believe that Jesus’ love has overcome death itself, joy becomes strangely reasonable. But this doesn’t mean we should ignore or suppress sorrow; that’s not healthy or helpful. Paul often expressed his grief alongside his joy. As he acknowledged his pain, he also chose to trust Jesus’ promise that his loss would not have the final word.

Read: 2 Corinthians 6:10

Reflection and Discussion Questions:

How did Paul express both joy and sorrow? What can we learn from this?

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