Exuberant joy and laughter trumps crying for Jesus

JoyWhy does crying mean that God is touching hearts but laughter doesn’t? What’s wrong with this picture? The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus loved righteousness and hated evil and had “exultant joy and gladness” above and beyond His companions.” (Heb.1:9 AMP) And doesn’t it also say that there’s righteousness, peace, and joy in the Kingdom of God? (Rom.14:17) It says nothing about crying for Jesus. Beating yourself up is not a fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23).  And, by the way, Jesus was a “Man of sorrows” on the other side of the cross, not this one. He was only acquainted with grief; He didn’t live in it.

Now, I am not against crying at all. I’m just wondering why we consider it holy and laughing not. And I fully understand that there’s a place for repentant tears when you experience the crazy goodness of God, and that you can also cry tears of joy. I have cried tears of joy many times as I have encountered the overwhelming love of God. But I have also laughed my head off uncontrollably, which is equally God. Of course, I understand it’s not very dignified.

I think the devil hates laughter. But he doesn’t hate our crying. Especially, if it paralyses and disempowers us, keeping us focused on who we aren’t instead of who we are in Christ. And which would glorify God more…our continual mourning and weeping over our failures or our enthusiastic joy? It is the joy of the Lord that’s our strength, right? (Neh.8:10) I’m just saying…

cry_babyBut what really is sad is that so many beloved sons and daughters of God don’t ever have a tangible encounter with Him except those times when their self-condemnation gets the best of them and they take their periodic trip to the altar to “get right with God.” Get right with God? Didn’t we do that when we gave our life to Him? What does that mean exactly?  And I am not against going to God. We should be there all the time. My point is that, for too many beloved children of God, conviction of sin will bring an encounter with Him but He isn’t felt in an everyday fullness of joy sort of way. This is what Jesus paid for…what’s available to us 24/7. Really.

It seems to me that we identify much more with living like helpless victims, with Old Testament-type sorrows and weeping more than we do living from the place of continual victory in the joy of living His life (2 Cor.2:14; Gal.2:20). Living His life is what it’s supposed to mean to live the Christian life.

Job is not our example, Jesus is.  Welcome to the New Testament.

Jesus is trying to convince us against our notion of better judgment that the whole point of abiding in Him with the Father means fullness of joy.

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (Jn.15:11)

And “abiding” simply means to stay where you’ve been put…in Christ. You can’t get there; you can only stay there. It’s not in your doing for God, it’s in your being in God. The feeling of distance does not come from a spiritual reality but from what’s going on between your ears.

Yes, I know, Jesus promised us trouble in this world (Jn.16:33). But do we get the whole point of His statement here? He goes on to say we’re to “take heart” because He overcame this world…and we’re in Him! And even in the midst of our trials, we’re supposed to count it all…uh…joy. (Jas.1:2) Are we seeing a pattern here yet?

HappybabySo, here’s the deal. It’s legal to be really happy about all of this. Really. Maybe you just need to loosen up a little bit and not take yourself so seriously. Maybe not. Either way, it should be instructive that the word, “gospel” means “news that brings GREAT JOY!” Let’s try that for awhile.

Anyway, I hope I made you smile today. Your Papa God is always smiling over you!

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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6 Responses to Exuberant joy and laughter trumps crying for Jesus

  1. luiskrl says:

    that was very inspiring words. Thank you. God bless you.

    • melwild says:

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by and God bless you too.

      • luiskrl says:

        You really do a great job in this blog, I also read some others posts as “Non-pleasure-seeking Christians are delusional” and “The Shift” and you understand the true meaning of the bible and God’s word for sure, more people like you is what is needed in these times, not false New Age “pseudo-philosophy” As John 8:32 stated “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Greeting from Spain.

  2. melwild says:

    Thanks again. Your words are very encouraging to me. And I agree with you. We’re leaving our orphan religion for sonship, learning how to rightly represent our heavenly Father to this world that He loves so much that He gave Jesus. He’s also putting the “super” back into our natural! And when this happens people won’t need the counterfeits..

    It’s good to hear from you in Spain! It’s exciting to see what God is doing around the world. He’s waking up His Bride and we are learning what it means to live in the freedom Christ paid for. Blessings to you.

    • luiskrl says:

      I totally agree with you, people is slowly realizing that, I hope also that very soon people won’t need the counterfeits. Your words are also very encouraging, more in these times of tribulations, we are learning, as you say, to live in the freedom Christ paid for. I would also like to add some quotes that I consider among the most inspiring of the bible:

      Revelation 19:10
      “And I fell at his feet to worship him: And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren, that have the testimony of Jesus, Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus, is the spirit of prophecy.”

      Matthew 22:32-40
      “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,Master, which is the great commandment in the law?Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

      Hope more people be like you in the USA and not so intransigent as others, hope to visit the States some day (also wisconsin!). God bless you.

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