Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Luke 6:21

I've not really got anything to blog about, but I did notice something on my blog that I want to address. The title of my blog page, as many of you may know, is "Looking for a Laugh". This is not so much a statement as it is a direct question. If you are "looking for a laugh", your in luck; the answer lies in the verse seen below the title.

Luke 6:20-26 contains Luke's account of the beatitudes. It states in the second part of verse 21, "Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh." (NKJV) This statement refers to Christ's disciples, telling us that though we weep now in the bitterness of the world, we will laugh. In other words, there will be no reason to weep. Christ promises peace and goodness for His children, and it is vital that we remember that. If we forget that God has promised us laughter instead of weeping and blessings instead of persecution, then we start to also forget His love and grace. When that happens, misery prevails and doubt has gained its advantage. As Christians, we have reason to live joyfully in spite of the tragedies of this world. Sure, there are reasons to cry and no one wants to be persecuted, especially for living right. But we cannot forget the love and grace of God. It is far greater than anything the world could ever offer. That gives us all the reason we need to rejoice! You know that feeling you get when you laugh so hard your crying and your sides ache, but you don't care? You feel great despite the pain. In the same way, the troubles of this world cause us pain, but we rejoice through that pain because of God's grace. Laughter is good for us. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It's good to laugh. If your day isn't going well, or maybe something tragic has happened, just look to Jesus. He's given you a reason to laugh.

Now, I know this next part has little (if anything) to do with this post, but it's one of my more ridiculous reasons to rejoice: The colts are going to the Superbowl!
Stay tuned.

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