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Do All People Smile

A sermon this morning mentioned that humanity from race to nationality speaks and handles activities in many different ways, but all do one thing alike: smile. Did God plan it this way, and if so why?

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 ---Geraldine on 5/31/15
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I don't think that everyone is smiling.
---yon on 11/2/15


Why don't you ask Him yourself, Geraldine? You'll get a better answer that way than from anyone here.

Some great apes smile, too.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/25/15


I think I helped win over my best friend with a smile. :) She had the "don't approach me" look downpat when I first met her--fear, ya know? I smiled and talked to her and 30+ years later, we are best friends. :)
---Mary on 6/21/15


Thank you Leon.
---Jed on 6/20/15


///I know a guy who suffered a severe stroke and is paralyzed in most of his face and can not smile.
---Jed on 6/1/15///

Jed: First of all, sorry for your friend's misfortune. I've also known someone who suffered a stroke that disfigured his face. But what I occasionally discovered, when looking into his eyes, was a big bright unmistakable smile which was a culminated expression of his love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, long-suffering, faith, meekness & temperance.

The eyes are the windows to the soul Jed. Look into your friend's eyes.
---Leon on 6/20/15




Did the preacher after giving a good teaching on law and grace, then realize that he had a few minutes left over? There are several verses in the Word about joy, but there has not been a full study of all cultures, past and present, concerning smiling. Proverbs 15:13, etc., 1Corinthians 1:17-31, 1Timothy 4:7, 6:20-21.
---Glenn on 6/2/15


Rita, I agree.
---learner2 on 6/1/15


I know a guy who suffered a severe stroke and is paralyzed in most of his face and can not smile.
---Jed on 6/1/15


Learner2, scripture must be read in context if you wish it to make sense and not be misleading.
---Rita_H on 6/1/15


StrongAxe, I agree.
---learner2 on 6/1/15




learner2:

You said: The New Testament does not say anything against smiling, but it apparently forbids laughter (Luke 6:25, James 4:9).K

Luke 6 is the Beatitudes. This sermon is all about reversals - the afflicted being comfortable, while the comfortable become afflicted. This is a woe, not a commandment.

James 4:9 is immediately followed by
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

This is not a blanket prohibition against laughter, but rather a call to sinners to humility and repentance.
---StrongAxe on 5/31/15


The New Testament does not say anything against smiling, but it apparently forbids laughter (Luke 6:25, James 4:9).
---learner2 on 5/31/15


I believe that God gives us our smile. A smile is attractive and helps us with communication. When we feel happy and when we see someone we are pleased to see we automatically smile. We don't have to work at giving a smile, whereas a frown or scowl takes more effort. A fake smile never fools anyone

God loves us and wants us to be happy and to have many friends with whom we will have much in common. We would never get to know such people if smiling was difficult for us to do.

Many of the people I consider true friends are those I first met on a bus, train or a queue. These friendships all began with a smile.
---Rita_H on 5/31/15


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