Twofold Joy

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12
Twofold Joy
Do not rejoice over things of the present, or things you have experienced and know. For joy is twofold.  The first kind has to do with things that are visible, that is things that are known in some way or other either inwardly or outwardly. This kind is vain, because it is transitory. The other kinf=d has to do with invisible things, that is, things that are unknown but simply accepted in faith; and this is true joy, eternal, firm, and without this kind of hope there is no joy in the other. For who can rejoice in the former if he despairs or doubts that he will receive future joy? And thus the apostle wants Christians to rejoice to the full, but not because of any earthly thing but because of their hope.

From Lectures on Romans (Luther’s Works 25:457)

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