In The Mark of the Christian, Francis Schaffer states that the love of Christ in the lives of believers is what sets them apart from the world. He concludes that the world has a right to judge the authenticity of Christ’s claims to be the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God, by what they see in the lives of His followers.
Your life must not be governed by the pressure of negative emotions. Guide up your loins and equip yourself with the power of positive thinking and dispositions that is often expressed by smiling and/or laughing. The way to defeat the enemy is to laugh over your problems; “Casting all your care (burdens) upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). (Higher Everyday Devotional)
All forms of negative emotional expressions are stressful. Studies have shown that over 90% of ill-health problems are stress-related. The health practitioners today encourage people to wear smiling faces instead of frowning. A voluntary laugh makes your cells very healthy.
One little smile went on its merry way. First it went to the boy across the street. Next it was passed to his mom, who was sick in a hospital bed. From her it bounced to the next sick person in the hospital room. After it lingered there for a while, it moved out the door on the face of a visitor. It hopped on a bus, fixing itself to the driver, who then passed it on to his wife when he got home. She passed it on to their young son, who cheerfully gave it to his aunt. And the smile went throughout the day, to this person and then to that, sometimes to more than one at a time.
You never know what decision is brewing in someone’s mind today. Your smile or the bit of love you passed on to someone in a simple way could be the answer to another’s prayers—and the joy will always, in some way, come back again to you. Often you won’t even know that the love that’s being shown to you through a smile was a result of the smile chain you started, even weeks back.
(Daily Devotional App)