Have you seen suffering people have joy in their hearts? It would be so ironic that at the same time suffering people possess joy. Truly, we know people who are suffering do not show any signs of joy. They either regret the suffering or could only murmur to relieve them mentally of their pains or situation they are in. Suffering can either be mental/psychological or physical. People tend to get away when harm is affecting them. In the psychological sense, resisting it and setting one’s mind is the only solution.
Christians are unique and different from the world’s mentality. Christianity is not a life filled with happiness and enjoyment in the way the world sees it. It is not “bed of roses.” Our example, the founder of Christian faith, our Savior and Redeemer did not live a life of ease. He was the Son of God from heaven, powerful and all-knowing showed a life to live and overcome all sufferings he experiences here on earth. He was despised and rejected, shamed and hurt and only very few believed Him. Yet He said; “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matthew 5:11 NIV).
Children of God see something the world cannot see. Christians are to set their minds. The joy a Christian possesses is different from the joy the world is offering. The world’s joy is just temporary and the Lord’s offer is “forever joy in heaven.” The joy that we Christians should possess should be like those early Christians who were admonished to look forward by Apostle Paul saying; “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:13 NASB). Then we will hear the Lord saying “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:34 NIV).
This joy we find in the Bible is “joyous Victory.” Nothing can beat that as it is eternal salvation. Apostle Paul says; “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21) because he was expecting that crown of righteousness that the righteous judge shall give him on that day (2 Timothy 4:8).
Can we Christians today who are true followers of Christ possess that kind of mentality? Can we joyfully look forward and possess that joy despite all these trials we face along the way? Though we are mocked and insulted “Happy are ye!” Let us start our focus on Jesus and His offer and have that joy.