Choosing joy in the midst of hurt

Choosing joy in the midst of hurt.

I have learned alot these past two years. One of the things I knew to be true has been magnified in the midst of my nightmare. As believers, we often have to choose joy in the midst of our hurt and pain. I know, as a follower of Christ, that there will be hard times, there will be struggles, and there will be times when life doesn’t make any sense. In those times, there is no way I can let me feelings, emotions or the circumstance dictate my obedience to Christ. In those times, I must choose the joy of the Lord.

Choosing joy in the midst of hurt, is a life lesson that brings you to the foot of the cross.

I can say that the last two plus years, I have had to choose joy more times than I could have ever imagined. I have chosen joy more in the last two years, than I have in my entire life. Choosing joy in the midst of hurt and pain is difficult at times. This is especially true when the hurt has been inflicted by those who “claim the name of Christ”. There in lies my dilema. How do you make sense of what has been done to me and my family, at the hands of those who should be the very ones who should be loving and caring, but instead have inflicted the harshest pains you have ever known or experienced?

Choosing joy in the midst of hurt is aligning our hearts and emotions with the Lord. It is walking in obedience.

That is when I have to choose joy. I would be the first to tell you that it is not something that comes naturally or easily. It is not something that I want to do, but it is better than the alternative, which is hurt, pain, disgust, bitterness and hatred. There have been days I did not choose joy. I gave into my hurt and pain. I let the enemy win the battle, that had already been won through the blood of Christ.

Choosing joy in the midst of hurt.

Joy is both an outcome of our relationship with the Lord and our source of strength for our obedience of Him. Our tests and trials are God-allowed circumstances in our lives that are tremendous tools in His capable hands to grow us in grace. When our joy is in anything or anyone other than the Lord it can be stolen or taken away because all apart from God is temporal. When our joy is in the Lord, it cannot be taken away or stolen because He is eternal and what He promises to do He does.

Joy is a choice.

Today I am choosing joy in the midst of hurt


2 Replies to “Choosing joy in the midst of hurt”

  1. I understand Fred more than you will ever know. What was done to me was not done by the church members, deacons or others, but by the senior pastor over jealousy, envy and spite. He set out to ruin me and my family, so he could once again be the most popular one, or at least he thought so. Then he stands in the pulpit talking of grace, mercy and God’s judgment. He will have to stand before our Father and give an account for his deeds. Fred, hold fast to God and His promises. Man wil hurt and disappoint you horribly. I am blessed to have a loving wife, three children and family and friends.

  2. Very hard to do. I’ve pastored 25 years and have several times been hurt deeply by people that were supposed to be my brothers and sisters in Christ. Just tonight I came back from a difficult meeting with my church chairman who despises me (that’s right, a Christian leader despising his pastor) and my District Superintendent, who tried to work things through. Even as I write I’m fighting off tears. It hurts a lot. Everything inside me wants to lash out at this guy and hurt him back, or better yet just run. Go work in a secular job where it’s not a sin to vent your anger. But I can’t. God won’t let me. So I’m back to looking for the joy when I’m really feeling bitter. Ministry can be such a bit*# sometimes.

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