John 16:33 (KJV) 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.

Temidayo was feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of bad news on the TV. The level of insecurity in his country had reached alarming heights, and the recent news of a friend being kidnapped only intensified his anxiety. He couldn’t shake off the thought: ‘Could he be the next victim?’

Jesus had already warned us about the troubles and hardships we’d face in this world. I believe He did this so that we wouldn’t be shocked or disheartened by the evil we witness. He also told us to ‘be of good cheer,’ even in the midst of tribulations.

As a Christian, you have a choice. You can either immerse yourself in the distressing news and let it bring you down, or you can focus on the good news of the gospel and let joy flood your soul. The greatest thing still happening in the world is the saving grace of Christ Jesus, and it surpasses all the evil around us.

When you dwell on the bad news and let it steal your joy, it also weakens your spiritual resolve. However, when you fix your thoughts on the positive and let gratitude generate true joy within you, your spirit grows stronger.

Approach today with a determination to be a joyful person, no matter the trials around you. Remember, joy and thanksgiving are always in line with God’s will for you (see 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you always magnify Him in your life. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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