Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christ in the Proverbs: 17:22

Proverbs 17:22:
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Who gives us joy? How do we get a joyful heart, according to the Bible?

It is in the inside of our bones that our blood cells are produced. Our bone marrow for a 150 pound adult produces 500 billion blood cells a day. Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made! Just as healthy bone marrow and healthy blood is important for physical health, so a joyful heart is important for spiritual health. But who can give us the medicine of a joyful heart?

Jesus is the Great Physician. He came to give us forgiveness and life through his shed blood. In His shed blood we find spiritual life. As long as we resist Jesus and his gospel, and refuse to welcome him into our lives, our hearts will be depressed. We are always the losers if we resist God our Maker, who sent his Son to us in love.

Do you struggle with depression---a crushed spirit? Confess your sins and turn to Jesus each day. Die and rise with Jesus daily. Let his blood cleanse you and give you life. He is for us true food and drink and the medicine that gives us forgiveness and a joyful heart.

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