Wednesday, February 19, 2014

+DEV+ Righteousness Is Joy

Date: February 19, 2014 10:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Righteousness Is Joy

Righteousness Is Joy

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." (Proverbs 17:22)

Scripture Focus: Proverbs 17:17-22

In his book of wisdom, Solomon speaks of joy and a cheerful spirit. "The prospect of the righteous is joy" (10:28). "A happy heart makes the face cheerful" (15:13). "A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones" (15:30). In this world where confusion, false teachings, and spiritual manipulation thrive, a word that brings joy and even healing is welcomed, indeed.

We're constantly reminded that our society is one of the most prosperous generations in history. But we're also one of the most spiritually anemic. As believers who know true joy, we may be the means by which others meet Jesus. Our very countenance becomes a message-sender to those who are unsaved. We are the instruments He uses to draw others to Himself. As they search for life's answers, our cheerful hearts become good medicine to a hurting, needy world. The joy we share in a host of practical ways may bring not only a healing and relief for the day, but it may be what God uses to bring salvation
for eternity.

Insight: Let the joy of Jesus in your heart come through. and be ready when others want to know what gives you such joy and peace.

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