Proverbs 17:22 – A Merry Heart is Good Medicine

Proverbs 17-22

Bible verse: A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. – Proverbs 17:22

This verse tells us a universally accepted fact. Many people advocate that patients have a merry heart. The merry heart is a cure for all diseases. Sometimes, we find some people were seriously ill, but they miraculously prolonged their life since they kept optimistic. In America, a husband with serious coronary heart disease and his wife who had advanced breast cancer were healed without medicine after one and a half years’ happy and luxury journey around the world. The wife’s cancer cells had gone, and the husband’s coronary heart disease was in stable condition without danger. The facts surprised the researchers. After repeated experiments, they found that when people are in a good mood, the heart could secrete four types of hormones that inhibit and eliminate cancer cells, which are also effective for coronary heart disease. The higher spirits they are in, the more hormones will be secreted. When the hormones come to an certain amount, they can kill the cancer cells or inhibit their growth. On the contrary, when people are in a passive state such as depression, pain and so on, the heart stops secreting hormones. Therefore, patients who are pained and passive for terminal illnesses have no chance to heal by themselves. Therefore, we must thank the God who has created us, and also gives us another way in the end of our life. Then how can we keep a merry heart when serious diseases or calamities befall us?

First, we need to be alert to temptation and attack from Satan. As God’s words say: “God works, God cares for a person, looks upon a person, and Satan dogs His every step. Whoever God favors, Satan also watches, trailing along behind. If God wants this person, Satan would do everything in its power to obstruct God, using various evil ways to tempt, harass and wreck the work God does in order to achieve its hidden objective. What is its objective? It does not want God to have anyone; it wants all those that God wants, to possess them, control them, to take charge of them so they worship it, so they commit evil acts alongside it. Is this not Satan’s sinister motive? Normally, you often say that Satan is so evil, so bad, but have you seen it? You can only see how bad man is and has not seen in reality how bad Satan actually is. But have you seen it in this issue concerning Job? (Yes.) This issue has made Satan’s hideous countenance and its essence very clear. Satan is at war with God, trailing along behind Him. Its objective is to demolish all the work God wants to do, to possess and control those whom God wants, to completely extinguish those whom God wants. If they are not extinguished, then they come to Satan’s possession to be used by it—this is its objective.” From God’s words we can see Satan’s sinister motive. It likes it when calamities befall us, and likes it when we are passive and regress. Thus we will be swallowed up by Satan. That’s why many of those who live in constant pain and feel very down will always become more and more depressed. The facts prove that without God’s salvation, we don’t have the strength to resist Satan by ourselves.

Second, I thought of one teaching in the Bible, “Rejoice ever more. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). No matter how great the difficulties we meet, we should pray to seek God’s will more, and know that all situations have been permitted by God. Whether something good or bad, it has God’s goodwill. Thus, it’ll be easy for us to keep a merry heart, feeling more relaxed and free. Satan cannot disturb us easily if we live under God’s care and protection. Thanks be to God!

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