Posted by: SandreS | October 23, 2015

A Loving Smile

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A rejoicing heart makes the countenance cheerful (Proverbs 15:13).

The attitude of the heart has an effect on one’s facial expressions. Has the impact of the fullness of God’s good news in our Lord Jesus Christ, of His unfailing love to us, reached our hearts to make them “rejoice”? If so, have they then made their way from our hearts to our faces?

We live in a world that has much pain and sorrow, heaviness and loss, with mounting burdens and cares. Many are discouraged, depressed, aggravated, annoyed, upset, frustrated, defeated, irritated, disheartened, dejected, saddened, disturbed, gloomy, pessimistic, troubled, perturbed, agitated and cynical in their hearts; and it shows all over their faces.

For those of us who know the Father, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:5). We alone can bask in the richness of His love in our hearts, and let it make its way to our countenance!

Could one truly estimate the value of a loving smile? There is a world all around us in need of such a countenance. What an affect such a divine ministry of a loving smile could have on the weary souls that we encounter. What a difference in the lives of our family, friends and acquaintances that God could make even in the simple expression of His love on our faces.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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