“This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep. For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law” (Nehemiah 8:9).

It’s a mistake to think that happiness in life is to be found in comfort and ease. In reality, our greatest growth and the vividness of life is most fully realized in times of tension and discomfort. That the hearing of God’s word brings conviction to your life is a positive, not a negative. It indicates that the Spirit is alive and actively working to shape and transform you; to move you from where you are to where he would have you to be.

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