Is Tribulation stealing your good cheer?

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJV.

Tribulation, thlipsis, Strong’s #2347: Pressure, oppression, stress, anguish, tribulation, adversity, affliction, crushing, squashing, squeezing, distress. With a list like this one certainly needs good cheer!

A good definition of tribulation would be like placing your hand on a stack of loose items and manually compressing them. That is thlipsis, putting a lot of pressure on that which is free and unfettered (John 8:36).

Thlipis is like spiritual bench-pressing. The word is used of crushing grapes or olives in a press.

 

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