Proverbs 15:13 "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance..."
I got to thinking about this thing of having a merry heart and it showing on your face. How many of you see a person with a merry heart that has the mully-grubs? That can be interpreted as the "pooch-mouth" or a down look on their face? I don't know of any instance where I've seen someone have a merry heart and it come across on their face as looking like I just described.
A person with a merry heart is going to have it displayed on their face. We should always have a merry heart. I'm not saying that we all don't have times that we are going through rough or tough times. Of course we do!! But we should still have a merry heart even in those times. The Lord Jesus Christ died for us and paid our sin debt...a debt that we owed but could not pay!! We have eternal life in Him if we have accepted Him into our hearts and lives and accepted that gift of salvation that He has extended to all of us. That should be reason enough to be merry in our heart.
When someone smiles at you what do you do? Do you stick out your tongue at them? Do you cry or get mad at them? If you do then you have a problem. Most people if not all people will smile back. A smile is contagious. So whether your world is crashing down around you or you are going through a difficult time...smile!!! Jesus loves you and died for you!! You have eternal life!! Those are reasons enough to be merry in your heart. And let it show on your countenance so others can be reminded that there is something worth smiling about. And if they don't understand how you can smile...then let it be a witnessing tool. Someone may ask you how it is you can smile...especially if they know what you are going through. So smile and let it be a testimony of a merry heart!!