What does it mean for you to be of good cheer? How do we experience this in our lives – especially times of struggles? Looking at this word from the Greek means to “show positive passion as it proceeds from a sound disposition (temper); hence, “be of good cheer, in good spirits” (high morale).”
In John 16:33, Christ teaches his disciples that they will face many different types of tribulation (or to crush, press together, squash, hem in, compress, squeeze in turn derived from thláo = to break) originally expressed sheer, physical pressure on a man. Thlipsis is a strong term which does not refer to minor inconveniences, but to real hardships.) In our lives we will be crushed, pressed, and experiencing extreme pressure. Yet, we are to have a positive disposition of positive passion and maintain good spirits during those times. The promise to each one of us is that Christ has already overcome and will strengthen us to endure and overcome as well.
This is the reason I have chosen “Be of Good Cheer” as the theme for 2021 at Damascus Way Recovery. At some point in our lives, or at the present moment, many of us have experienced various tribulations. It is difficult to maintain a passionate and positive disposition where we are maintaining good spirits. We are not alone. Christ strengthens us, gives us the hope we need, and through our humility and submission to our Heavenly Father’s divine grace and will. The burden of facing our sufferings will be lightened.
All we are asked is to exercise faith in Him. This is how Damascus Way Recovery is working to fulfill its vision and mission to those struggling with their own faith. This is accomplished through daily devotions. Scripture study articles and commentaries. And engaging discussions of sharing in fellowship how each one of us is growing in faith. The intent and purpose is to cultivate a Cheerful Spirit through mindfulness, faithful, and authentic Christian Living.
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