Why is sorrow better than laughter?


"Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better." Eccl. 7: 3.
NOTE - 'Many of the loveliest songs of peace and trust and hope which God's children sing in this
world they have been taught in the hushed and darkened chambers of sorrow. . . . Afflictions, sanctified,
soften the asperities of life. They tame the wildness of nature. They temper human ambitions. They burn
out the dross of selfishness and worldliness. They humble pride. They quell fierce passions. They reveal to
men their own hearts, their own weakness, faults, blemishes, and perils. They teach patience and
submission. They discipline unruly spirits. They deepen and enrich our experience."-"Week-Day
Religion," by J. R. Miller, D.D., Pages 92, 93.

What is God's love able to do for His children?
By what is this cleansing from sin and fitting for God's service accomplished?
What closed this terrible scene?
Besides the court, how many parts had this sanctuary?
How much honor is due to Christ?
What was to follow the great earthquake?
What will be the difference between the portion of the righteous and the wicked?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle