1 Thessalonians 1:6 (NIV)
6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you
welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

Paul is writing to Thessalonians who Paul always gave thanks for in their
witness. They had shown an outstanding faith in the gospel by becoming not only
imitators of those who shared, but also of the Lord. And in their suffering
they had experienced a joy given to them by the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever thought about the words suffering and joy being used to describe
a persons condition;. they just don't seem to mix. It's like trying to mix fire
and water. But yet Paul said the Thessalonians found joy in their suffering.
God is able to do the impossible. Even in our moments of suffering He is able
to produce joy if we look to see what He is doing in our lives. God is
transforming us through our trials and suffering into something more wonderful
that pleases Him. And in it we find joy that goes beyond anything we can
measure. Pray that God lets you see the joy He has in store for you. Let Him
show you the promises of His word.