A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 17:22
As I read this verse in Proverbs, there are a couple of profound things that stick out to me. First, things that are not seen have a seen impact. There are parts of my life that no one else sees, which will eventually impact the parts of my life that everyone sees. You may never see my merry heart or broken spirit, but you will see the positive or negative impact they have on my countenance, demeanor, physical strength, and even overall health.
Secondly, why does a merry heart do good like medicine? Because there is a connection. A healthy “me” is someone who is spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy. What I feed my spirit impacts my soul and body. And what I feed this outer man through my five senses impacts my soul and spirit over time.
We see it a lot. Someone who has a physical addiction usually has an addictive mindset. You can give a poor man a million dollars and over time he will return to being a poor man. And so ultimately, Proverbs 17:3 makes us aware of the effects of a principle that is at play in all of our lives. Who you are and what you are on the inside over time impacts who you are and what you are on the outside.
Father, give us all true joy and peace in our inner man, and bring true healing to those who are broken and weary inside. Restore us the joy of Your Salvation!

by Marc Stern

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