Is it True, do we always have to be Happy Clappy because we are Christians, can we express disappointment, hate or dislike and even cry and if something is wrong, should we remain quiet and not seek to correct error in case we offend someone who disagrees with us or when they accuse us of error even though they offer no Scriptural confirmation. Jesus warned us that some in our family, friends and even in the Church will reject us when we follow Him according to His will and stand up for His Truth and that we may even be Martyred but great will be our reward in Heaven.
Psalm 94:16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
Luke 21:16-18 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my Name’s sake.
John 15:17-19 These things I command you, that ye Love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
Luke 6:21-23 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in Heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the Prophets.
God gave us emotions to express and there is a time for every emotion, none are prohibited even hate or anger, we are to hate what is evil but we are to resolve our fleshy anger and not seek revenge or hold onto bitterness and resentment but this is not meaning that we have to like or accept the evil they have done to hurt us.
Ecclesiastes 3:1- 8 (4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;(KJV)
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Have you expressed disappointment or hurt only to be told your negative or feeling sorry for yourself and that you should have the Joy of The Lord. Jesus was known as a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief and He cried but knowing He was Loved by The Father gave Him deep inner Joy even with tears in His eyes and we too have His Joy which is expressed by our Faith in our God of Love even when we are suffering.
We are the Body of Christ and we are to comfort the hurting and even cry with them, yes the world tells us to Laugh or we will cry alone but Jesus tells us to come to Him when we are hurting and He will comfort us and as He comforts us we comfort others and to do so we need to know they are hurting, it is not a sin to express our True feelings, we can be real and not wear a happy mask.
Matthew 11:28 – 30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Jesus knew and warned us that we would have trouble in this World and He does not expect us to be Happy Clappy about what we suffer but to rejoice that He will be with us as we go through it, comforting us and giving us the strength to endure and He will reassure us that all things will work out for good in our lives.
Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
Yes we can rejoice even in suffering but not for what we suffer but that we have The Lord to hold on to in hardship knowing He will bring good out of it and being patient and Trusting in Him to do so we persevere instead of giving up as some do who have no Hope, we can be assured that He never leaves us to suffer alone and that He heals the broken hearted He doesn’t send them away hurting with empty, cold words.
Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of Peace and not of evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of men.
Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus -Anne.