Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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Francis of Assisi led a life of poverty, which was often a grim struggle without the ordinary amenities of civilization. As he worked for his lepers, he called his band the Joculatores Domini - “the Lord’s Merry men.” Ah, yes, happiness is a thing of the spirit and not merely of the flesh. There are some religious people today, of course, who think it almost a sin to laugh, and believe they serve God by a gravity that is almost melancholy. But not so with Christ. He was a “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,” but again and again he spoke of his “joy,” wished it upon his disciples, and a favourite salutation of his was “Be of good cheer.”

In the original Greek it means: "Be of good courage" or "Be comforted". Being courageous, and comforted in a real sense; are synonyms for having the true joy in the Spirit.
  It was the godly Henry Ward Beecher who once said, “He that cannot laugh and be happy should look to himself. He should fast and pray until his face breaks into light.”
Surely if more Christians radiated the joy of salvation, smiling and singing amidst earth’s lamentations, they would be performing a work of real ministry, and the cause of Christ would be greatly extended. It was Robert Louis Stevenson who prayed; “Give us to go blithely on our business. Help us to perform the petty round of irritating concerns with laughter and kind faces.” He was a man who suffered much, and when very ill he said to his friend, “Good-bye Wakefield. Remember, fill your life with laughter and sunlight. That is the best kind of success - to radiate happiness.”

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