Some form of that word cheer appears more than a dozen times in the Bible. It is one of those beautiful words that every Christian should own and cherish. In spite of our aches and pains, we can still be cheerful people. 

On the days when loneliness or sorrow has come to us, a cynical, negative outlook does not help our situation. Being grumpy will give family and friends an uncomfortable pause when they think of us. When by our countenances we communicate that nothing is ever enough and everything is always wrong, we are digging an unnecessary hole for ourselves. 

Remember, the fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal. 5:22-23).  If the joy of the Lord is within you, then the “cheer” comes pretty easy. Amen!