APRIL 20, 2015
WHO CAN CHEER THE HEART LIKE JESUS
What do you do to cheer yourself up when you awaken feeling down, depressed? How about when you notice a classmate or co-worker who is struggling with sadness or sorrow? Do you reach out to cheer them up or do you figure it is not your business? If you do try to lift them out of their doldrums, how do you approach them? Sometimes it isn’t easy to know what to say or what to do to help another through their trials; we are often too focussed on our own issues to try to carry the burdens of another.
However, the Bible instructs us that, as Christians, we are to do just that! ”Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 KJV). In order to be willing to help others, we need to put aside self…we must develop our unselfish side, putting the needs of others ahead of our own! ”Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;” (Romans 12:10 KJV). The only way to become this unselfish is to place the needs of others at a higher priority than our own; we must care for others, love others, as much as we love ourselves!
But what about when we are depressed, to whom should we turn for cheering up? Another verse from Paul’s letter to the Galatians says, “For every man shall bear his own burden.” (Galatians 6:2 KJV). Does this mean that we should not share our concerns with our brothers or sisters in Christ? No, because then we would deny fellow believers the opportunity to pray for us, to intercede on our behalf, and we know that ‘much prayer equals much power’!
But if we focus on daily devotions, claiming the promises God gives us in His love letter, the Bible, we will find that we are better able to walk through the difficult times in life. Remember… “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV). God will see us through or, if it is more than we can handle on our own, He will show us how to manage, either by giving us an ‘out’ or by having us confide in someone He has placed in our life for just that purpose!
For me, music lifts my spirits and is my way of depending on the Lord. I love waking with a joyful hymn of raise on my heart! I carry that song in my heart all day, and it always seems to be just the right one for that day! My <3 song starts my day right and hopefully, by sharing it, it helps lift up someone else who may be feeling down. Today my <3 song is a lovely old hymn:
“Who can cheer the heart like Jesus,
By His presence all divine?
True and tender, pure and precious,
O how blest to call Him mine!
All that thrills my soul is Jesus;
He is more than life to me;
And the fairest of ten thousand,
In my blessed Lord I see.
Love of Christ so freely given.
Grace of God beyond degree,
Mercy higher than the heaven,
Deeper then the deepest sea.
What a wonderful redemption!
Never can a mortal know
How my sin, tho’ red like crimson,
Can be whiter than the snow.
Every need His hand supplying,
Every good in Him I see;
On His strength divine relying,
He is all in all to me.
By the crystal flowing river
With the ransomed I will sing,
And forever and forever
Praise and glorify the King.”
“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Proverbs 15:13 NKJV). Have a blessed day!
ABOUT MY WRITING:
My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.
Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.
With the holiday season behind us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us.
Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.
<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>