22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)
This verse tells us that healing does necessary comes from drugs. God’s medicine does not come from drugs but from a cheerful heart. God designed us to have the ability to heal ourselves through self-producing medicine and this medicine comes from a cheerful heart. When we are cheerful, we have natural immunity against disease. If you happen to have a health problem right now, being cheerful is necessary for you to fight the disease. If you are to search for secular sources on the relationship between cheerfulness and health, you will find positive correlation between them.
The next question is, how am I going to be cheerful when I get a report saying that my disease is incurable? The answer lies in your ability to see beyond your present circumstances. You got to see yourself as God sees. In the eyes of God, we have perfect health because Jesus took all our sickness and disease at the Cross.
4Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains — he hath carried them, And we — we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:4 (Young’s Literal Translation)
I have written another article on the subject of healing entitled, “The Power Of The Human Spirit”. In that article, I explained that if you do not allow your spirit to be crushed and determined to fight on, you are going to defeat your disease no matter how incurable it is supposed to be. Having a cheerful heart complements and strengthens your fighting spirit. In other words, the more cheerful you are, the faster your disease will die.
Therefore, it is important for you to do whatever you can to be cheerful. Watch comedies, read jokes, think happy thoughts and look for any excuse to laugh. Go to churches that preach faith. At the same time, avoid anything that can remove your joy. Avoid watching movies about people dying of disease. Avoid going to religious churches where they tell you it is the will of God for you to be sick. In short, do everything you can to be cheerful and do everything you can to avoid sorrow. If you do that, your disease will not last for long not matter how “incurable” it is supposed to be.
The second part of Proverbs 17:22 says a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. If a cheerful heart is our medicine, then a broken spirit must be our poison. I suspect many people got sick after some disasters happened in their lives like a divorce or death of loved ones. They allowed the negative events to break their spirits. They lost the will to live. Their bodies responded according to the will of their spirit and stop functioning in an optimum state. They become vulnerable to disease. They have no more strength to fight on. People in such conditions will not live for long.
Therefore, it is crucial for us to guard our spirits. Satan cannot kill us physically. He has no power to do so. The only thing he can do is to create some negative circumstances in our lives to get us to give up our faith. Then he will be able to get us to dwell in negative thoughts until our spirits are broken. Once we are this condition, we will be at the mercy of Satan because we will have no strength to overcome him.
It is the will of God for us to be cheerful at all times.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
We need to rejoice at all times because the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
This strength will enable us to every problem we can ever face even if it is an incurable disease.