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‘We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.’ Psalm 126:2

God created every human emotion you feel. He designed you to cry when you are sad and laugh when you are happy: ‘For everything there is a season… A time to cry and a time to laugh.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 NLT)

Jesus said, ‘These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.’ (John 15:11 KJV) So, how often do you laugh? Doctors say laughter has incredible healing effects on the body. It also has incredible healing effects on the mind. A good habit to develop is deliberately including a funny movie, book or comedy show as part of your relaxation routine. It can even impact the times when depression hits for the better.

In Scripture we read: ‘When the Lord brought back His exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter and we 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)

If God has set you free, then you truly have something to laugh about. Stop being so ‘heavy’ about everything—especially things like expecting perfection from yourself, the times your growth in God is slow or your prayer life is slack or you’re so afraid of sharing your faith with others your brain goes to mush. If you’re ‘laughter impaired’, you may have to work at it. It’s easy to find plenty to worry about, but to be happy, you sometimes need to work at it intentionally.

SoulFood: Dan 5–7, Mark 2:23–28, Ps 103:1–12, Pr 10:13

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright [cy]

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