How to Have a Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22 Dissected & Defined

A merry (pleasant and agreeable) heart (seat of affections and passions) doeth good (makes beautiful) like a medicine (cure): but a broken spirit (disposition – arrangement of the mind) drieth (withers) the bones (inward being). — Proverbs 17:22

We do three things at RU Recovery Program—talk, talk, talk! But in our third talk, Brother Curington has taught us two other beneficial steps—dissect and define. Students are taught to read, study and meditate on God’s Word. But to be able to meditate, you must understand what the verse really means. That is why we dissect and define Bible verses. Dissecting and defining simply means that I break down a Bible verse and define the words and phrases. Then I put it back together to see what God is trying to teach me. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the large words or maybe a phrase that isn’t part of our “lingo” nowadays that we fail to see the truth that is staring at us! When we pull the verse apart and individually define the word’s meanings, the verse comes alive to us!

How do you do this? A great tool that every student of God’s Word should have is an 1828 Webster’s Dictionary. This is valuable because it was written in the same era and language culture as our Bible. Therefore, the definitions will match what the biblical word really means. There are many words now that we use that had different meanings in Bible days. This dictionary will eliminate that problem.

Bro. Curington’s habit of dissecting and defining Bible verses has taught us that beauty truly comes from within! The real treasure of a verse and its impact on you will only be found as you apply the disicipline of seeking after it. Proverbs teaches us that we will find wisdom when we seek for it as if it were a hidden treasure (Proverbs 2:4)! Right next to that verse you could write “dissect and define.” When you start seeking for that gold, you will find it! But you must be a student that applies discipline and desire.

As an example, I would like to show you a recently dissected and defined verse that Brother Curington taught us. Proverbs 17:22 A merry (pleasant and agreeable) heart (seat of affections and passions) doeth good (makes beautiful) like a medicine (cure): but a broken spirit (disposition – arrangement of the mind) drieth (withers) the bones (inward being). This is a verse I have often read and thought I understood it. But once I saw the dissected and defined version of it, it gained a different beauty!

The dissected and defined “version” would read as such: “A pleasant and agreeable seat of affections and passions makes beautiful like a cure. But a broken disposition, or arrangement of the mind, withers the inward being.”

I believe that a pleasant and agreeable seat of passions is the best “beauty cream” available! As I watch the ladies in my group grow spiritually, I see the hardness of sin literally fade away. You can use Pond’s, microderm abrasion, or even have a “face lift” and it won’t do what a merry heart can do!

Bro. Barry has added the Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language in hardcover book and in CD form to our catalog. Call him to place an order. This dictionary has made a huge difference in my spiritual enlightenment. Get yours today and begin to “dissect and define!”

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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