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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.



A reader of this blog recently asked the question, “What is a merry heart?”  The dictionary defines merry as “exhibiting high spirits or lightness of heart.”  At Christmas time we wish one another a “Merry Christmas.” 


We’re all familiar with the truth of Proverbs 17:22, whether we’ve ever read the verse or not, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  That is a true physical fact of life.


The world seeks to be merry by trying to forget about the burdens of life and the certainty of death by drowning such thoughts with constant music, entertainment, alcohol and drugs; anything to crowd out the serious thoughts of life and death.


The desperately sad truth is that a person without Christ Jesus lives a living death. a living hell.  Any merriment is strictly superficial.  Christ is the only source of life.  Those without Christ abide in death.  Read the short epistle of I John on this matter.  I John is a little book just before the last two books of the Bible, Jude and Revelation.


Those who receive Christ as Saviour, do not receive eternal life (God’s life) when we die. We receive it the moment we are born again by the Spirit of God.  The Christian has eternal life the moment He puts his trust in Christ as his Saviour.   When we die, we simply slip from our bodies and continue to live forever with Christ. The departure from our bodies is only temporary.  I Corinthians 15 tells of how when Christ returns for us, we will be joined to our bodies once again, but the difference is, they will be glorified, perfect, sinless bodies in which we will enjoy Christ and one another for eternity.


The following jokes may give you a laugh, but they will not give you a merry heart.  Only God can do that and He gives His gift of a merry heart to anyone who will turn from his sins to Christ, who died on a cross and rose from the dead three days later to pay the penalty for our sins and give us the gift of eternal life. 


If you are tired of superficiality, or trying to “put on a happy face”, I invite you to trust Christ right now.  He will give you a “joy unspeakable and full of glory”. I Peter 1:8


Though becoming a Christian is a life and death decision,  and though living for Christ is a serious matter,  No Christian has any business going through life with a miserable scowl and a miserable, pessimistic, depressed  attitude about life.  We, of all people, have the joy of the Lord bubbling up from the depths of our being, even in times of sorrow. If you do not have a  joyful heart; I invite you to admit you are a lost, sinner, helpless to change your life.  Invite Jesus to be your Saviour and Lord this day.


The following are some clean jokes that have been shared with me.  I share them with you with the hopes they will brighten your day. 

July 12, 2011 Posted by | A Merry Heart | Comments Off on A MERRY HEART