Cheer up Christian!
I’ve heard that phrase tied to quite a few different sayings.
Here is the way I have heard it that I like best.
Cheer up! You are much worse than you think!
Cheer up! You are more loved than you ever imagined!
Cheer up! Come and die!
Okay, let’s break those down. Cheer up! You are much worse than you think! refers to your sinful state. We are much worse than we judge ourselves. God’s method of measurement is the standard and not ours. We tend to let ourselves off the hook or we are blinded to our true condition. Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick, who can understand it?”
Cheer up! You are more loved than you ever imagined! We are desperately sick but we cast our sin on a loving and merciful God. His love for us is infinite. We get a glimpse of that from Romans 8. 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? … 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We do not understand the height nor the depth of the love of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Ask God to let you see more of what that love means in your life.
Cheer up! Come and die! Refers to our call from the Father. Because of the love, mercy, and grace he has showered on us, We are called on to give our lives away. He loved us and demonstrated that truth by giving His life for us. He asks us to give our lives to feasting from His table and serving Him. “Die” is die to self and give yourself over to Him and His cause, His gospel.
These thoughts and concepts have a source. Jack Miller of Sonship fame came up with these sayings. If you’d like to read more you can visit here.