We have been discussing various hindrances to joy. We discussed the way emotional pain from sorrow can disrupt our joy, and we gave some thoughts on dealing with depression and the various ways discouragement can affect our joy. Then, we discussed the way physical pain and suffering can rob us of our joy, and we offered some suggestions for dealing with this in order to overcome it.
Throughout our lives, we will experience varying degrees of disruption to our joy from both sorrow and suffering. These are a part of the human experience. “Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”
But the most common disruption to our joy will not be from depression or pain. The most common disruption to our joy will come from our own sinful choices and behavior. The pain of sin is the greatest interrupter of our joy.
Pain and suffering piggybacked into our world on the sin of Adam. I do not say that God ever intended for our world to be a pain-free world. Pain certainly serves a wise and good purpose. But the suffering and sorrow we experience from pain is a direct result of sin.Continue reading “Joy Restored”