John 16:17-24 (New International Version)
The Disciples' Grief Will Turn to Joy
17Some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean by
saying,'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a
little while you will see me,' and 'Because I am going to the
Father'?" 18They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'?
We don't understand what he is saying."
19Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to
them, "Are you asking one another what I meant when I said,'In a
little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while
you will see me'? 20I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn
while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to
joy. 21A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has
come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her
joy that a child is born into the world. 22So with you: Now is your
time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no
one will take away your joy. 23In that day you will no longer ask me
anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you
ask in my name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in my
name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
New International Version (NIV)
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You now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will
rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.John 16:22
You may be familiar with the list of seven deadly sins that was
formulated during the sixth century: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth,
vengeance, envy, and pride. But you may not know that the original
list compiled during the fourth century also included the sin of
sadness. Over the years, that emotion was omitted from the inventory.
Some people are blessed with a cheerful disposition. They always seem
to be happy. They wear a perpetual smile almost as if they were
advertising toothpaste. But then there are others who seem to be
chronically sad. They continually complain about life and its burdens.
And who can deny that afflictions are discouraging?
While we acknowledge that not everybody is blessed with a bright
outlook on life, we need to remember that joy is one of the gifts
Jesus promised to His followers. And we need to resist any tendency to
let sadness dominate our emotional lives.
Jesus promised His disciples on the night Judas betrayed Him,Your
joy no one will take from you(John 16:22). Remember that joy is the
fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Lets ask the Lord to
help us look beyond our sorrowful circumstances and encourage our
hearts by the vision of joy that awaits us (Heb. 12:2). Vernon C.
You alone, Lord Jesus, can true joy impart,
For You know the sorrow of the human heart;
You came here from glory many hearts to win
And in love for sinners suffered once for sin.Anon.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit thats always in season.