Absorbing Joy from a Cheerful Savior

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“Come to me and I will cheer you. I am cheerful and humble in heart, and you will find cheer for your soul.” (Matt. 11:29, TPT footnote).

The Passion Translation provides this alternate rendering of Jesus’ well-known words, “You will find rest for your souls.” Can you see Him smiling with a twinkle in His eyes as He puts it this way, with His arms outreached? “Come here, child, and I will cheer you up!”

Jesus is always in a good mood. He is a jolly Person; a welcoming, happy smile ever lights up His eyes. He belly laughs often, unable to contain His ebullient joy. “Cheerful” is indeed the perfect word to describe this aspect of who He is. In His presence is fullness of joy, because joy is a fundamental part of His personality. As we spend time with Him, this aspect of His nature will become infused into who we are too. We will find cheer for our souls!

On a gloomy day, Jesus is the best place to go. The sunshine emanating from His being can warm and lift us from our sadness, every time. He knows that we are going to run into hard times in this life, and sometimes even devastating times. And yet, He looks lovingly into our eyes and says,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NKJV).

Be of good cheer, dear one. You are infinitely loved, infinitely cherished, infinitely cared for. In the mist of tribulation, He has real peace to give you. He has already overcome everything that is coming against you; you can rest deeply in that. You can face every challenge today from a position of victory.

So whatever you are going through, be of good cheer! The cheerful One is here to permeate you with joy deeper than anything you could ever walk through. He is here to cheer you, to impart His very own cheer to you. Be of good cheer! In this very command is the empowering that you need to receive His generous provision of joy. Be of good cheer! Yes, even now, receive His cheer for your soul!

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Do you think of Jesus as cheerful? Do you picture Him in a good mood when you talk to Him?

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