Ryle: It is a real misfortune to Christianity when a Christian cannot smile.


On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. —John 2:1 ESV

J.C. Ryle:

The Christian who withdraws entirely from the society of his fellow-men, and walks the earth with a face as melancholy as if he was always attending a funeral, does injury to the cause of the Gospel. A cheerful, kindly spirit is a great recommendation to a believer. It is a real misfortune to Christianity when a Christian cannot smile. A merry heart, and a readiness to take part in all innocent mirth, are gifts of inestimable value. They go far to soften prejudices, to take up stumbling-blocks out of the way, and to make way for Christ and the Gospel.

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