April 12 - Proverbs 12

By Pastor Murray

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. (Proverbs 12:25) NKJV

We hear a lot these days about mental illness and one of the main forms of such illness is depression.

Much money and time is spent dealing with this issue and many who suffer from depression take a lot of medication. However, there is a better way.

At this time, there are many who are fearful and anxious – what will happen to our health or the health of those we love? What will happen to our financial situation? When will we be able to go shopping, sightseeing or on holiday? There are no answers to many of these questions and, as a result, some are “freaking out”. They do not know which way to look or what to do.

This is why God tells us so often to be anxious for nothing. We are to pray about everything.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (Philippians 4:6) NKJV

Paul goes on to tell us of the outcome of this prayer

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6) NKJV

Further in Proverbs 12:25

But a good word makes it glad

An anxious heart can be helped simply by a good word. Some are reluctant to encourage and praise another in case they get a swelled head and become proud. However, providing encouragement can do enormous good for the one who receives it. We all appreciate encouragement and support – it helps our confidence and assists us to improve.

Many times Jesus spoke a simple good word and made others glad

Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you (Matthew 9:2)

Your sins are forgiven (Luke 7:48)

Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well (Luke 8:48)

Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more (John 8:11)

Our simple words of encouragement can encourage and guide beyond all our imagining. “A single good or favourable word will remove despondency.” (Clarke)

May God’s richest blessings be with you, with those in your bubble and with those you would like to have in your bubble

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