The Joy of Being Miserable
Jeanne knew that she could only continue her relationship with Nick if things changed. He was a Christian, and she was not. Furthermore, she was Jewish. She did not want to interfere with his faith…in fact, she wondered if there might be something to it. What was she supposed to do? Call Jews for Jesus, of course. And call us she did after she saw one of our Be More Jewish, Believe in Jesus” posters in the subway. Mitch Forman took the call, answered Jeanne’s questions and led her in a prayer of repentance as she began a new life in Jesus.
I have had the pleasure of taking Jeanne through a discipleship course. I have been blessed to see how the Lord is transforming her day by day. Whenever we speak, Jeanne has a new story about how she has been unable to say or do something that she would not have hesitated to say or do before. The Lord is revealing the sin of her old way of life and her need for cleansing and transformation through the renewing of her mind. She is a bit overwhelmed by all this, and realizing her sinfulness makes her feel miserable! I have tried to encourage Jeanne by explaining that her conviction is evidence of God’s care for her and His work in her life. Her “misery” is cause for rejoicing!
Jesus said regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8).
We can be glad when we are convicted, joyful that God is working in us and that we have been made truly righteous before Him by the blood of the Lamb. Please pray for Jeanne to grow, not just in conviction, but also in the joy of the Lord and her love for the Lord.