I would Choose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;Heb 11:25
for a season-If the world has "pleasure" (Greek, "enjoyment") to offer, it is but "for a season." If religion bring with it "affliction," it too is but for a season; whereas its "pleasures are for evermore."
The pleasures of sin are, and will be, but short; they must end either in speedy repentance or in speedy ruin. The pleasures of this world are for the most part the pleasures of sin; they are always so when we cannot enjoy them without deserting God and his people. Suffering is to be chosen rather than sin; there being more evil in the least sin, than there can be in the greatest suffering.
Sorrow and joy are firmly linked. Perhaps it is because the deeper we experience sorrow, the more capacity we have for joy. God has planned a bright and beautiful morning full of joy. The Bible tells us this over and over:
Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5, NLT)
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, (Psalm 30:11, NLT)
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. (Psalm 126:5-6, NLT)
I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
(Jeremiah 31:13, NLT)
Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
(John 16: 22, NIV)
There are seasons in our life when we will mourn and have sorrow. But, there are also seasons of our life that are meant for joy.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~So when the end comes those who suffer for ~righteousness sake, for doing what is right, they will be happy ~& enjoying it for eternity. So I would rather suffer for a better ~reward than just a season of the pleasures of sin. ~ ~ ~ ~:):)
***I love you to death-http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/SavingLive
* * http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Dead-Surpr
**Love Me Or Love Me Not-http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/If-You-Lov