May 12, 2024

Sorrow to Joy

Sorrow to Joy

Sermon notes

We ought to want to be people of defiant joy.

Joy is defiant because it’s an ever present reality despite our circumstances.

Joy is the inner power, inner perspective, inner attitude, inner gift from the Holy Spirit that is not limited by what happens to us.

John 16:16-22

Question: What is Jesus talking about when he says to his disciples for a little while you won’t see me and then you will see me? I believe there are two things in view:  One is in their immediate future and the other was in the near distant future.

God brings joy to our lives not by substitution, but by transformation.

Hebrews 12:2

Joy is found where it is least expected.  Happiness and unhappiness can’t go together but joy and affliction can!

God takes painful situations and adds the miracle of His grace and transforms trial into triumph and sorrow into joy.

John 16:23-26

“You and I were created for joy, and if we miss it, we miss the reason for our existence… if our joy is honest joy, however, it must somehow be congruous with human tragedy. This is the test of joy’s integrity:  is it compatible with pain? Only the heart that hurts has a right to joy.” – Lewis Smedes

John 16:28

Hebrews 10:36-37

There is both a present and future aspect of our Joy

  • Our joy will not be taken away.
  • Our joy will be complete.

Now and later, here and there, in and through – our sorrows can never replace our joy. We have a defiant joy that can never be taken away.

1 Peter 1:6-9