“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast!” Proverbs 15:15
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.” Ecclesiastes 3:12
“There is a time to weep–and a time to laugh; a time to mourn–and a time to dance” Ecclesiastes 3:4
There is no inconsistency between holiness and laughter. It is no sin to smile. Indeed, a somber religion is unnatural. Gloom is morbidness. Our lives should be sunny and songful. Christ’s religion is joyous, even amid sorrows. We hear songs in the night.
There is a flower which is most fragrant after the sun has set, and in the darkness pours its richest aroma on the air. Just so, true religion grows in sweetness–as the shadows deepen. He misrepresents Christianity and the likeness of the Master–whose piety is cold, dreary, cheerless, joyless, or who frowns upon innocent gladness and pure pleasures.
Sanctified wit has a blessed mission. Life is so hard, so stern, with so many burdens and struggles–that there is need for all the bright words we can speak. The most wretched people in the world are those who go about in sackcloth, carrying all their griefs in their faces and casting dark shadows everywhere. Every Christian should be a happiness-maker. We need a thousand times more joy in our lives, than most of us get. We would be better men and women, if we were happier.
“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” Proverbs 15:30
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25