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The Merry Heart




Focus: Proverbs 12:25 - KJV

25. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

 

Proverbs 15:13-18

 

Life is meant to be lived in joy. Joy is a thing of the heart: when the heart is merry, it is said to be full of joy. However, when it is heavy, it causes the owner to be grumpy and sad to the extent that he may take his circumstance out on his colleagues, spouse, children, relatives or friends. That which makes the heart to stoop is borne out of some happenings like word used in a manner that infuriates the victim, actions done in a manner that causes the victim to wonder in a negative sense. Such happenings are dwelled on by the victim to the extent that it begins to control his behavior, belief and character. When such happens, the victim is never at his best. But if the victim receives a word of comfort from another, his heart may be rejuvenated again, to experience joy.

 

Naaman was a captain in the Syrian army but he was leprous. When he was entreated to approach Elisha and he did, the response he got from Elisha made his heart to stoop. But one of his lieutenants spoke to him words of wisdom that made him to heed Elisha’s counsel; and he got the healing he sought, such that he became merry again. At times, we get into heaviness of heart for no just cause, like Naaman. The words innocently spoken by Elisha, was not done in pride but as simple as it can be. Naaman received it as pride and therefore, was not willing to do it. He was going to be the loser for it had it been he didn’t receive wise counsel.

 

The Lord needs us to understand that a person dead to the flesh ought not to have heaviness of heart. We are to eschew every work of the flesh. Whatsoever anyone does to us is to be taken as something Christ died for and therefore immaterial. Those who allow bitterness to form in them are easily taken over by sicknesses. But if our hearts be merry, there is no venom to pour into any part of our body to cause sickness of any kind. It was the pride in Naaman that made him see pride in the prophet’s action. Thank God for good counsel. The Lord is enjoining us to become good counselors unto them that are brooding over something and thereby carrying a wrong countenance. There is always a blessing for doing so.

 

SOLUTION: There is no point begrudging anybody for anything at all in this world. Let go and let God. No matter what anyone does, forgive them in advance. Since offense is the character of man and Christ insists that we should keep forgiving, it is good to anticipate offense from everyone you relate with. So, if you have forgiven them in advance before they come out with the offense, you will be the better for it for no heaviness will be found in you to cause any damage to any of your organs.

 

Please pray:

·      Give thanks to God for causing you to live in joy and not with heaviness of heart

·      Ask God to forgive you for dwelling so much on trivial matters to the extent of making your heart heavy

·      Pray for the grace to be able to forgive everyone in advance that may ever offend you

·      Ask God to give you a merry heart to the end, such that you will never be found sick in any way

·      Ask for your daily bread today

 

If you are blessed by this post, kindly share with your contacts, as well as others, that they may be blessed also. Thank you and may God bless you abundantly as you do so, in Jesus’ name.

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