A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine. Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
In this verse, Solomon assures us a cheerful heart is good medicine for the soul, the mind and the body. Positive thoughts lead to a positive outlook which leads to a positive heart and a positive life. Negative thoughts lead to a broken spirit which impacts our minds, emotions and our lives.
Negativity holds the power to drain our strength and crush our spirits like dried up bones. Optimism has the power to do just the opposite…positive thinking leads to positive living.
In the book of wisdom, Solomon speaks of joy and a cheerful spirit. “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness…” Proverbs 10:28. “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.” Proverbs 15:13. “The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart; and a good report maketh the bones fat.” Proverbs 15:30. In the world where confusion, false teachings, and spiritual manipulation thrive, a word that brings joy and even healing is welcomed.
The way to a joyful heart is by knowing God through Jesus Christ, crucified, buried, and resurrected from the dead. It is by coming to God in repentance and faith and turning from a self-centered life to one centered in Him. God offers such a gift freely to us-therefore joy is truly available to all.
Lord, help me have the strength to chose to be cheerful and full of joy, despite negative circumstances. Heal my heart and outlook with Your joy, and use me as a cheerful light in this world filled with negativity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.