These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; also : a trying experienceThe word oppressed comes from the Latin word oppressus which means means to press against and is defined as:
to burden spiritually or mentally : weigh heavily uponTo persecute means:
1: to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief 2: to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities) : pester
As you can see, the word tribulation applies to difficult experiences or burdens which we have in this world as well as persecution for our belief in Jesus Christ. Jesus clearly states we shall have it. This simply means, you will, yet a "gospel" is being preached every days which says, "No, you won't". To put it bluntly, in a situation like this I think we ought to listen to what Jesus has said rather than what some individual is saying, don't you?
In this world we are going to face tribulation, regardless of the form it takes. My tribulations and your tribulations may be the same or they may look very different. There are two responses to tribulation. It can either drive us away from God or it drives us closer to Him. I believe the choice is up to us in regards to how we respond for I do not believe that God created us as mindless drones.
When enduring tribulation, it is critical to remember the last part of John 16:33.
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world
A beloved passage of scripture of mine says:
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever."We may have to endure something "but for a moment" but when it is over, what we will receive from God will cause us to realize they really were... but for a moment.
2 Cor. 4:16-18 (NLT)
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28
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