Count it all joy

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4

Many times, when someone does us wrong, we are tempted to lash out at the person, or worse, at anyone who is near. Social media seems to have helped facilitate the lashing out behavior. I see many posts on sites like Facebook or Twitter where a person will air his dirty laundry for all to see because someone did him wrong and he is angry. Being done wrong does hurt, and it is easy to be tempted to hurt someone back. We are also tempted to tell anyone who will listen so that we can receive a measure of pity for our pain.

However, when someone hurts us, we need to overcome the temptation to strike out in anger. We need to overcome the temptation to display our anger on social media sites for all the world to see. It is easy to give in to the temptation and sin. It is difficult to count it all joy as we are instructed.

So how do we count it all joy? Take your eyes off yourself. Quit being self-centered and thinking about all your woes. Look to Christ! Remember how he suffered for your sins – the just for the unjust. If you think you are suffering wrongly, think of Christ and how he suffered for you! This is not making light of your suffering, or saying your suffering does not matter, but it is putting your focus where it does belong.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

Jesus looked past the suffering of the cross at the joy that was to come. Look past your woes and count it all joy.

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