Word of the Week: Cheerful

A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church

“Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself,” she told the girl.

When they were coming out of church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given.

“Well,” said the little girl, “I was going to give the dollar, but just before the collection the man in the pulpit said that we should all be cheerful givers. I knew I’d be a lot more cheerful if I gave the quarter, so I did.”

Sadly, too many folks have developed the misconception of the little girl. They think that true happiness is found in focusing on one’s selfish desires instead of bringing cheer to the lives of others.

The Bible has a great deal to say about being a cheerful person.

(1) Cheerfulness comes from within. It is an attitude. A frame of mind. The choice of one’s mental position. Mary C. Crowley put it this way, “Attitude is the minds paintbrush. It can color a situation gloomy or gray, or cheerful.”

The Greek word for cheerful is hilaros. Dr. Vine defines it as “propitious; He says it “signifies that readiness of mind, that joyousness, which is prompt to do anything; hence, “cheerful” But you don’t have to be a Greek scholar to see the English word “hilarious” is derived from it.

“Be of good cheer” is often spoken by Jesus to those who came to him with problems and challenges This is a different Greek word that means “courage, confidence, comfort and consolation. Jesus can bring cheer to our lives even our circumstances are less than perfect.

Read more: https://thepreachersword.com/2017/05/08/word-of-the-week-cheerful-2/#more-10637


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