What does the word say about a merry heart?

Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

This morning while taking in the news of the day, I found myself facing a sense of anxiety over our world’s issues.  I quickly turned to the Lord and sensed the Holy Spirit saying…  “A merry heart.”  

Ah yes, “a merry heart does good.”  I was quickly reminded that Jesus overcame the issues of this world and in there lies the “merry heart.”  My anxiety dissipated knowing that Jesus has provided the way of peace and joy.

John 16:33 (NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Let me share, a very close friend of mine is going through some tough physical issues, she laughs quite often.  She has a merry heart.  Her heart helps her go on, her heart helps her cope, and her heart allows laughter to brighten her countenance. Laughter can in some way be her medicine.

But….what does the rest of the word say?  “….but a broken spirit dries the bones.”  There is no merriment only downcast spirits.

The spirit of a man dictates the man.  If the Spirit of the Lord resides in our spirit then joy and merriment rule BUT if anger, brokenness, and sin resides in our spirit then our bones are dry and brittle.  Broken bones. Snapped in two with no life in them.

Jesus has provided life and life abundantly to us who believe that He is who He says He is.  Jesus is the giver of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

In Him alone lies the “merry heart.”  So, take His heart this day.  All in this world that we see and hear of, God has overcome with the broken body and blood of His Son. What a great day it is to be His child, His chosen one, His warrior, His redeemed, His love, His body.  In Christ alone we live.  JustAsk

I remain in peace to love and serve,

Nancy Lennert

Board President RBCC/TSN

©2022 Reading Berks Conference of Churches


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