A LIFE WITH BALANCE GIVES HOLY HILARITY
I THESSALONIANS 1: 2, 3
Jesus Christ had so much fun and displayed such joy that
His detractors said He was a "winebibber," that is a drunk (Matthew
The sad-faced Pharisees could not tolerate the joyful
lifestyle of the Master. He responded by warning against wearing
the gloom of hypocrites.
Grief, sorrow, and disappointment are part of the Christian
life just as they are lives of others. However, Christ enables the
believer to face them because they have learned to face them with
Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation; but be of
good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
Isaiah prophesied Christ would in His earthly mission bring
joy to people: "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the
Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has
sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the
captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To
proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of
vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console
those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of
joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be
called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He
may be glorified" (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Augustine, who lived in the conditions of and manifested the
spirit of Mother Teresa in his day, said, "A Christian should be an
alleluia from head to foot."
On the eve of His execution Jesus met with His disciples
privately and addressed them. One word appears over and over in
that meeting. It is the word "joy."
One Hebrew word translated "joy" is SUMAC, meaning "to
shine" or "be bright." I read faces. In some I see the expression of
joy. Candidly, I regret to say in many there is no shi ...
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