It’s Contageous

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. All of the days of the afflicted are evil, but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! Proverbs 15:13,15,23 KJV

Yesterday while going to Wal-Mart the driver kept yawning and every time she yawned, I would yawn. It was contagious. We have other things that are contagious, some good and some bad. If we form close friendships with people who are negative and judgmental, we will become like them. If we form close friendships with people who love Jesus and are cheerful and compassionate, we will become like them.

We are to witness to and befriend everyone and tell them the good news of a risen Saviour. However, it is extremely dangerous to become close friends of people who do not love Jesus. I am very selective about my close friends because it only takes one person to discourage you. On the other hand, it only takes one person to encourage and inspire you. A true friend is someone that you can share everything with knowing that the person will still love and accept you without judging. Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? There is no greater friend than Jesus!

Have you ever noticed when someone is smiling and laughing, you find yourself starting to smile and laugh also? This is especially true around babies and children. Every time that I see a little baby smile, I automatically smile. I love babies and little children. When we are around people who are negative and complaining all the time, instead of being encouraged, we become discouraged.

There is someone who loves them more than you or I could possibly love them and His name is Jesus. He is very protective of children and He expects us to also protect them. Children tend to trust and that is how Jesus wants us to trust Him, in simple child like faith. O that we would become like little children and trust Jesus no matter what the situation or crisis in our lives. I think a lot of times we hurt Jesus because we don’t trust Him.

So often we have a frown on our faces or we are so involved in what we are doing that we forget to smile at people. If Jesus lives in our hearts, then we have His joy, peace, love and happiness and that is enough to make anybody smile. How can we not smile and radiate joy and happiness when the Saviour of the world loves us so much that He died for us?

Is the joy and love of Jesus evident in your smiles, your speech and in your actions? More important, when people look at you and hear you talk, do they know without a doubt that you love Jesus? Are you bragging on Jesus and telling everyone how wonderful and precious He is? We brag on our children. How much more should we brag on the Saviour of the world, the one who gave His life on a cruel cross of agony and torture that we may be saved and live with Him in heaven for all eternity! Do you love Jesus? If so, what are you doing to prove it?

Joanne Lowe

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