“In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.” 2 Corinthians 7:4b
How could Paul be overflowing with joy in the midst of his suffering? It sounds like an oxymoron. Yet, this is not the only time the Scriptures associates pain or suffering with joy or rejoicing.
Here Paul explains his reason for joy: the fellowship of the brethren (Titus) and the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in the Corinthians. These two things made his afflictions worthwhile. And rather than focusing his attention on his hardships, he focused on the good things that were taking place. I doubt his struggles became easier to endure, but his perception changed, which positively affected his emotions.
Think about the good things God has allowed in your life and dwell on those this week rather than fretting about every little nuisance. Allow joy to well up inside you as you praise God for the ways He is working, even for that which you cannot see.
As my Sunday School class has learned, “to rejoice is a choice!”