The Importance of Happiness

The Importance of Happiness

Scripture: Proverbs 17:22

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

 GNT: Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.

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

 NLT: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.


A “crushed spirit” that “dries up the bones” is the antithesis of a joyful heart, according to Proverbs 17:22. In this case, the term “bones” refers to the entire person. A joyful heart has great advantages for everything we are, and a broken spirit is detrimental to the whole person.

“Solomon offers sound medical advice in this verse. A person’s attitude affects his outlook on life and even his health. If he is joyful, negative circumstances don’t knock him off balance and cause him to despair. Over the centuries, medicine has become more and more aware of the influence a person’s happiness has on their overall health. The ultimate source of joy is found in a relationship with Christ (Proverbs 10:28; John 15:11). The believer can rejoice in the Lord, as Paul did even when he was a prisoner in Rome. From his imprisonment, he urged the Philippian believers to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 3:1; 4:4). Instead of looking around at circumstances, a joyful believer looks to the Lord and rejoices in Him.”

The Proverbs are wise sayings that were penned by wise men, including King Solomon of Israel, under the inspiration of God. God created us in a way that makes joy and humour essential components of who we are.

So, what exactly is a joyful heart? It is a contented confidence and/or an unrestrained expression of enthusiasm or delight!

Be happy, merry-hearted, and upbeat at all times as a result. This helps you overcome numerous obstacles that hinder your spiritual development. Schedule time for leisurely pursuits and occasionally take a break.

In contrast, being mentally beaten down leads to the physical symptoms of severe depression. Whoever fails to look to God and His faithful goodness becomes joyless and loses hope. He develops what Solomon calls “a crushed spirit.” A crushed spirit produces ill-health, perhaps high blood pressure, ulcers, lack of energy, heart disease, or general malaise. The apostle James advocated for a resilient spirit even in the face of trials. He writes in James 1:2, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with trials of various kinds.

However, I’ll leave you with this quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, “He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward.”



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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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