The Test Of Gospel Comprehension

October 19, 2011

The amount which you understand the gospel is measured by your ability to be joyful in all circumstances. If you grasp what a treasure the presence and acceptance of God are, then even when life goes really wrong you will have a joy that sustains you, because you’ll recognize the value of what you have in Him. When life punches you in the face, you’ll say, ‘But I still have the love and acceptance of God, a treasure I don’t deserve.’ And the joy you find in that treasure can make you rejoice even when you have a bloody nose. You have a joy that death and depravation cannot touch.

— J. D. Greear Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary(Nashville, Tn.: B & H Publishing, 2011), 81
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