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Our Daily Bread Devotional, October 5, 2016 – Good Medicine

Topic: Good Medicine [(October 5, 2016)

Read: Ephesians 4:25–32

Bible in a Year: Isaiah 23–25; Philippians 1

A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22

Careless driving, rising tempers, and use of foul language among some taxi and minibus drivers are a constant source of traffic fights in our city of Accra, Ghana. But one traffic incident I witnessed took a different turn. A bus was almost hit by a careless taxi driver. I expected the bus driver to get angry and yell at the other driver, but he didn’t. Instead, the bus driver relaxed his stern face and smiled broadly at the guilty-looking taxi driver. And the smile worked wonders. With a raised hand, the taxi driver apologized, smiled back, and moved away—the tension diffused.

A smile has a fascinating effect on our brain chemistry. Researchers have found that “when we smile it releases brain chemicals called endorphins which have an actual physiological relaxing effect.” Not only can a smile diffuse a tense situation, but it can also diffuse tension within us. Our emotions affect us as well as others. The Bible teaches us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Eph. 4:31–32).

When anger or tension or bitterness threatens our relationship with the Lord and with others, it helps to remember that “a cheerful heart is good medicine” for our own joy and well-being.

Think about a time when you were angry with someone or when you had an argument. How did you feel inside? What parts of your life did it affect?

We find joy when we learn to live in Jesus’s love.

Insight: Paul tells his readers to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Eph. 4:31). The Greek word translated “get rid of” is artheto, and it means to lift something for the purpose of carrying it off or putting it away. Getting rid of sinful and destructive behavior requires that we allow the Holy Spirit to remove those things that mark our former life (4:17–24) so that the compassion and forgiveness of Christ (v. 32) will flourish.

This message was written by Lawrence Darmani (Our Daily Bread Ministries.)

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  • Mezzy Gilbert

    It’s good to smile, even wen life gives lemon

  • emekachilaka

    nice msg

  • Wonderful message..love it..thanks

  • kayode akinsanya

    Good message may God direct our footsteps ijn. Good morning world

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Nice message
    Good morning all CCNAers and Admin

  • Olovo Obinna

    It’s true…..i always feel very sad inside me after I allow my anger control my sense of reasoning…..may God grant us Grace and spirit of self control….Amen

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      Amen ooooooooooooooooo

  • chika bibian

    Nice one… Good morning everyone

  • WillieBravo

    Yeah! Bitterness and anger can only but slow u down in life. They are just unnecessary baggage which would make your journey of life more tedious. Morning world!