Some time ago when it seemed like so many of my friends were being attacked by disease of some sort or another, I began to think about the word DISEASE.
I thought about other "dis-" words.
Dislocated - Not located correctly
The prefix "dis" negates the word which follows. What if we carry over that application of dis- to the word disease?
Disadvantage - Not an advantage
Disabled - Not able
Disappear - Not in appearance
Disbelieve - Not to believe
Disharmony - Not in harmony
Dis-ease - To be not at ease
Let's think about Heart Dis-ease by looking at some verses in Proverbs.
What are some of those things that cause our hearts to not to be at ease?
God wants us to have hearts that are wise, obedient, trusting, understanding, sound, studious, rejoicing, pure and surrendered. Proverbs speaks often of a merry heart. God wants us to have cheerful hearts.
- Anxiety - An anxious heart weighs a man down (Prov. 12:25)
- Pride - The Lord detests all the proud of heart (16:5). We read (21:4) that haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
- Deceit - A man of deceitful heart does not prosper (17:20).
A happy heart makes the face cheerful (15:13). When you look at someone, you usually look at their face. Why is that? The countenance reflects the soul of man, the heart of man.
A cheerful heart is good medicine (17:22). A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones [whole body] (15:30). A heart at peace gives life to the body (14:30). It is a contented heart.
Do you have a cheerful heart? Does it show on your face, in your life? Do you lift others up and give them happiness by your presence?
May-June 2004 of The Link
Communiqué from CEF International Ministries Department