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Summary: The benefits of having a merry heart and how to have one in spite of your situation

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A Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..."

· I have two goals for this message.

1. That you will leave our church with a merry heart.

2. That you will maintain that merry heart through the whole week, no matter what circumstances you face.

· A merry heart is a joyful heart.

· We are joyful on the inside because of what God is doing and because of who He is.

· We are joyful to a point of singing, even when circumstances are not what they should be, or what we want them to be.

· Some people want to always be happy.

· The joyful or merry Christian isn’t always happy with the happenings surrounding him, however, he finds joy in Christ in spite of the happenings.

· This proverb states that a merry heart is good for us like a medicine.

· A medicine often soothes.

· A merry heart soothes us and anxiety is reduced.

· A merry heart also soothes our attitude so that we respond properly to people.

· A medicine often reduces pain.

· A merry heart reduces the pain of hurt feelings, failed expectations and misunderstandings.

· A medicine also makes one feel better, especially when infection is removed.

· A merry heart makes us feel better about the situations with which we are confronted.

· How do I receive a merry heart?

· What is a merry heart like?

· Here are six qualities of a merry heart:

I. A Merry Heart Is A Heart At Peace.

A. The peace of conversion

[Isaiah 59:2] But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

[Isaiah 53:5-6] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

[Romans 5:1] Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

B. The peace of confession

[Psalm 66:18] If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

[1 John 1:9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

[Psalm 32:5] I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

C. The peace of concentration

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

(True peace comes from the Lord, focusing on Him.)

II. A Merry Heart Is A Heart Of Praise.

[Lamentations 3:22-23] It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

[Psalm 34:1] I Will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

[Psalm 100:1-5] 1. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.


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