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What is said of
the heavy hearted, and the effect of cheering words upon such?
"Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh
it glad." Prov. 12:25.
What is the
influence of cheerfulness upon the sad and despondent?
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit
drieth the bones." Prov. 17:22.
What did Job
exclaim in a time of sore trouble, when well meaning friends came to him with
words of reproach?
"I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye
all." Job 16:2.
What did he say
would have been the case had their circumstances been reversed?
"I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I
could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you: but I would strengthen
you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your
grief." Job 16:4, 5.
Are not those
who have suffered and been comforted of God, best able to comfort others?
"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 where- with we ourselves are comforted of God." 2 Cor. 1:3,
promise is written for the upright in heart?
"Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the
upright in heart." Ps. 97:11.
What should be
the language of the heart that has experienced help from God?
"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou has put off my
sackcloth, and girded me with gladness." Ps. 30:11.
What should be
the spirit of our service toward God?
"Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing."
special cause for good cheer.
"Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee." Matt.
9:2. "Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are
covered." Rom. 4:7
For what does
Isaiah say he will greatly rejoice?
"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord. My soul shall be joyful in my God;
for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation; He hath covered me
with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with
ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isa. 61:10.
Christian be joyful in God under adverse and trying circumstances?
"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." Luke 6:22, 23.
What does the
Saviour say to us?
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have
overcome the world." John 16:33.
cause for encouragement is given us by virtue of Christ's victory over the
"To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even
as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne." Rev.
should the Christian's rejoicing be?
"Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say,
Rejoice." Phil. 4:4.