Most of us fear difficult circumstances because we associate them with feelings of inadequacy and potential for failure. How is it that God wants us to see them as occasions for joy?
“How did Jesus expect His disciples to react under persecution? (Matt 5.12) He said "Rejoice and be glad!" We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wound in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin a bear it like a Stoic, still less pretend we enjoy it like a masochist. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even "leap for joy" (Luke. 6.23). (The Message of the Sermon on the Mount, IVP, 1978, p. 52.)”
— John Stott
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