Why is there suffering? How do we find JOY in the midst of our suffering?
Why is there suffering in the world?
A. God created a beautiful world and gave humans volition (the power of using one’s own will). (Genesis 1 & 2)
B. God gave us instructions on how to live well. We can choose to follow God’s advice or choose to go our own way. (The book: The Bible.)
C. Problem is that when we choose to go our own way we create brokenness. That brokenness impacts everything and everyone! (Genesis 3 & 4)
D. There is suffering in the world because people choose to disobey God’s wise advice and the earth, our bodies, and our relationships have suffered as a result. (Romans 8:18-22)
So how do we find Joy in the midst of the suffering?
A. Recognize that Joy flows from God & we become conduits of this Joy when we worship God. (Psalm)
B. Joy comes from guilt-free living & by humbly following the life example of Jesus Christ. (Ecclesiastes 9:7; Phil. 2:1-4)
C. Joy also comes from acknowledging our freedom from sin, the flesh, decay, and death through the sacrifice of the cross. (Esther 8:17; Romans 6; Colossians 2:9-14)
D. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit given to those who have received Christ. (Galatians 5:22-26)
F. Joy comes from placing our hope in the right place & person. Joy is placing our hope in the God who will fulfill his promises. (1 Peter 1:8-9; Rev. 22:1-5; Rev. 21 - 22)