Cheerfulness will keep breaking in

Too many times too many people mistakenly believe that God is a killjoy, when actually the opposite is true.

A quick survey of Scripture reveals that God encourages and even expects those who follow Him to he happy and joyful.  Check it out…

Romans 12:8…show mercy cheerfully.

2 Corinthians 9:7…be a cheerful giver.

Hebrews 10:34…suffer loss with joy.

James 1:2…endure trials with joy.

Psalm 37:4…delight yourself in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:16…be joyful always.

Proverbs 17:22…a glad heart is good medicine.

Now, of course, God doesn’t expect constant chirpiness, syrupy sentiment, or fake shows of happy-go-luckiness just to keep up appearances.  We have bad days and tragic circumstances come our way; grief and sadness are an integral part of the human experience.

But the Bible does make it clear that there’s really no excuse for the believer in Jesus Christ to have an attitude that’s negative, mean, sour, or joyless.

If nothing else is to be said on this point, we can at least say this:  As those around us who’ve yet to meet Christ are getting to know us who do know Him, they ought to at least see that we are generally enjoying ourselves and the life and hope Christ has supplied.

As Dorothy Sayers, author and brilliant Christian thinker of early last century said,

“Where Christ is, cheerfulness will keep breaking in.”

So let it be said and understood:  The life lived for God and in God is, though hard at times as life can be, a supremely good and enjoyable and hopeful life.

It says in 1 Timothy 6:17, we can and should “hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment.”

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