Pure Joy -Part Two – Matters Of The Heart

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Proverbs 17:22 KJV
22  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

A relative of mine several decades ago was expierencing stomach and digesting problems.  She was referred to a specialist about these problems.  When she ate it would cause severe pain.  Her family physician thought it was ulcers.  When she met the specialist he asked her a question that was quite shocking to her.  Instead of asking what she was eating, instead he asked her what was eating her.  She was carrying grudges and bitter feelings directed at those who had hurt her.  These things were the link to her stomach and digestive problems.

Here is what the experts tell us about grudges and how they hurt us physically.

They stress you out

“Countless studies have shown that holding grudges and keeping in negative feelings is bad for your mental health, increasing anxiety and frustration,” says Meyers. Case in point: Research published in the journal Psychological Science found that when people were told to nurse a grudge when thinking about wrongdoers, they had stronger negative emotions and greater stress responses (namely, higher heart rate and blood pressure) than those who were instructed to imagine granting forgiveness.

From the website:  https://www.health.com/celebrities/3-reasons-holding-a-grudge-is-bad-for-your-health

It can only be God who would have a servant to write about a condition more than 3,000 years ago.  God gave us the remedy to healing our spirit and calming it.

Isaiah 26:3 KJV
3  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

So we see that there is a pattern to follow to have pure joy in our lives.  It is a daily struggle to keep down those things that would rob us of joy.

There is an old hymn that comes to mind:

Leave It There

Charles A. Tindley, 1916

  1. If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
    And you have to get along with meager fare,
    Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

    • Refrain:
      Leave it there, leave it there,
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
      If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  2. If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
    And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
    Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  3. When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
    Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
    He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

So dear follower of Christ if you are suffering from a broken spirit turn your burdens over to God lay them on the altar and when you stand up do not pick up those burdens.  Leave them at the altar and let the Lord start His healing in your spirit and then your body!

 

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