“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
What is a merry heart? Certainly it is a heart that's happy. Happy because things are going well and life is grand? Could be. Sometimes is.
But most of us do not live that kind of life. We have struggles and challenges. God is clear that during our lives, we will experience our fair share of labors, cares, and tribulations. And still He tells us that a merry heart does us good. Which means it must be possible!
“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.”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
How is this possible? We must decide to be happy — and act on it — rather than let our emotions be determined by the things that happen to us. God gives the exact strategy for how to act, in good times and in bad.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks.”
–1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. … If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
–Galations 5:22, 25
Rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks deepens our relationship with our Savior, and it transforms our whole outlook about our life and our world. Extending grace, forgiveness and mercy (among the other fruits) is good for others and ourselves. Perhaps moreso for ourselves; it is freeing not to carry around burdens of guilt, cynicism or bitterness.
I know it is tough to rejoice when things are hard. But joy — true joy — is not found in our circumstances or ourselves.
“Be glad in the LORD and rejoice,
you righteous; And shout for joy,
all you upright in heart!”
And — not to be underestimated — by cultivating a cheerful, forgiving, joyful countenance, we are more likely to experience positive improvements in our health. By sharing our merry heart with others, we are helping to improve their health and healing. One tender look, word, or touch can ease a million burdens and stresses.
A merry heart is good like medicine. God bless you with His joy! And be sure to pass your joy around. 🙂
What gives you a merry heart? Have you seen or experienced a physical or spiritual transformation through cultivating a merry heart?
P.S. You've gotta love this! Dietary Guideline #20 by the Weston A. Price Foundation is: “Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.”
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