A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face.
I’ve always loved this verse in Proverbs.
It says almost the same thing in 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
God isn’t really giving us much instruction here is he?
He’s just giving us some useful information and leaving the choice to us.
He doesn’t say that there won’t be times when we are sorrowful, dried up, or crushed.
He simply gives us a comparison and the free will to make our own choices.
I choose a glad heart, a joyful heart, a merry heart.
I acknowledge the sorrows in my life but I choose not to dwell on them.
Rather, to hand them over to God who knows how to deal with them better than I ever could.
And when I do that, when I realize and remember that God loves me enough
To take care of my troubles...
My heart is so full of joy that there is not room for anything else.
I do not say that this has always been easy.
At 57 years of age I have been through some sorrows.
I have spent some time with anger and resentment.
I do know what a crushed spirit feels like.
Those things truly do make me more thankful than ever for my faith
In a God that never fails me.
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