August 26, 20130 comments
“Rejoicing in the Midst of Grief” from 1 Peter 1:6-9. You can listen to the sermon here.
The Christian life is joy in the midst of grief. The normal experience of the believer is both rejoicing and grieving, often at the same time. We grieve because the trials are real and painful, but more than that, we rejoice because of the great salvation we have in Christ. We rejoice because of God’s purpose for those trials. And we rejoice because the end result is eternal glory with God himself.
So, the Christian lives with this ever-present tension. On the one hand, we rejoice in the salvation that is to come. But on the other hand, we are grieved by all sorts of trials. Salvation and suffering, rejoicing and grieving – this is the tension of the Christian life. The question then becomes, “How do we live with this tension?” Peter addresses that tension by reminding us that the Christian must live by faith, not by sight.
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