Francis of Assisi said, “It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” People of God should be people of joy. Yet, there is a perception of many in the world that people of faith are “kill joys.” Judgmental looks and outward gloomy dispositions only reinforce this perception.
The Psalmist wrote, “Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty. Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken (Psalm 21: 5-7).” The presence of God in one’s life is a matter of joy! Why don’t we show it?
Paul gave some practical advice on this in Philippians 4, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (vs 4 – 7).”
Let us be lights to the world, and leave the gloom to others!