May 1, 2020: Reason to Rejoice: We Have the Best Medicine in the World!

Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) 

 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 

Someone once said it best, “This bad news world needs a good news gospel.”

If you listen to the news too much, you will end up depressed and angry. It is always important to remember that Proverbs says, “In the multitude of words, is not absent.” (Proverbs 10:19)

We are living in the middle of a horrible news world at the moment. God’s Word gives us some excellent counsel in these tumultuous times. In fact, medical science seems to be in agreement with the Bible on this subject. 

Consider what one medical researcher discovered about the power of a cheerful heart.

Judith T. Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, developed a set of eight skills to help foster positive emotions.

The eight skills are:

■ Recognize a positive event each day.

■ Savor that event and log it in a journal or tell someone about it.

■ Start a daily gratitude journal.■ List a personal strength and note how you used it.

■ Set an attainable goal and note your progress.

■ Report a relatively minor stress and list ways to reappraise the event positively.■ Recognize and practice small acts of kindness daily.

■ Practice mindfulness, focusing on the here and now rather than the past or future. 

This bad news world needs a good news gospel. Why not take some time during this lockdown and read through the Bible and take note of all the places where God gave his people reason to rejoice. When you discover the reason to rejoice, share them with someone.

That is why these devotions are being produced. If you read one that makes a significant impact on you, then share it with someone else. Let us unleash the power of our Gospel. By the way, did you know that the Word Gospel literally means “Good News?”

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