Even though the Bible mentions joy many times, we can sometimes think that Christians have to be serious all the time. But God wants us to laugh and to be full of joy – if we’re not, then we’re missing out on a large part of what God created us to be. God created every human emotion we feel. He designed us to cry when we’re sad and laugh when we’re happy: ‘For everything there is a season…A time to cry and a time to laugh’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 NLT). Jesus said, ‘I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11 NIV). In the Old Testament we read: ‘When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter…sang for joy…And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!’ (Psalm 126:1-3 NLT). When we think about how much God loves us, accepts us, and has set us free from every burden, we should be full of laughter and joy. We shouldn’t be worried about showing our happiness to the world, because our joyfulness is a great testimony to others of what God can do. Of course, there are times and situations when laughter isn’t appropriate. But at other times, let’s try not to be too serious and hard on ourselves, and instead remember these words: ‘This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today!’ (Psalm 118:24 NCV).
Do some research into humour in the Bible. Read some of those passages, and see if your perspective on them changes. As you read the Bible, look out for moments of humour and make a note of any you find.
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