Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
Often, a look will give away what is going on inside someone’s heart.
Often, we are easily overwhelmed by something unexpected or catastrophic. It feels like a tidal wave, or a force so powerful, we feel as if we have no control but to give in to it.
As I have now lived over threescore years, I have seen many a broken spirit. Mine has been broken over situations and circumstances. What is in my control is how I handle each and every one of those situations and events when they come.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Act or react.
A merry heart doesn’t just happen. It is something sought after and cultivated in a spirit of someone who desires to live in the sunshine, on the brighter side of life.
A person overtaken with sorrow or grief can easily fall into depression. If it is not appropriately handled, the depression can place them in bondage and break their spirit.
No one plans for such things to happen, but being prepared for when they do is prudent.
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”
Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
When you and I can study how we handle situations and circumstances, we can be better prepared when the time comes.
Proverbs 18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
For the saved child of God, we are under constant assault from our enemy. We often don’t see it coming because the devil works in stealth mode.
So, where should our focus be?
The merry heart.
It is a heart that sees the good in everyone. It is the one who gives the benefit of the doubt in situations that could turn quickly to such devastating consequences.
In today’s economy, we are bombarded with bad news at every turn. You cannot watch the mainstream media today and come away, praising God.
You and I must choose to live our lives on purpose by controlling the influences that affect us. David said it best.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
Knowing what triggers our thoughts to go down a dark path, or knowing certain people who have worldly influence, we must set up barriers to avoid it. Our spirit, our heart, and those around us depend on it.
When helping someone, having a merry heart can be contagious. It may not readily change a broken heart, but it helps to ease the burden and show that you are not allowing situations and circumstances to influence your heart.
To commiserate and wallow with them shows empathy, but ultimately will not help to get past this present trial. Walking carefully and being the encourager will be much better.
Today, purpose in your heart to be the encourager. Do what it takes to have a merry heart. It may surprise you what fruit may become of it!