Proverbs 17:22-26 NIV
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a
crushed spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to
pervert the course of justice.
24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but
a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and
bitterness to the one who bore him.
26 It is not good to punish an innocent man, or
to flog officials for their integrity.
Things that are Foundational to Good Health
Daniel 1:11-15 NIV – 11 Daniel then said to the guard
whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel,
Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your
servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables
to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our
appearance with that of the young men who eat the
royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with
what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them
for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked
healthier and better nourished than any of the young
men who ate the royal food.
Daniel 10:3 NIV – I ate no choice food; no meat or wine
touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the
three weeks were over.
Proverbs 17:22 MOFF – A glad heart helps and
heals; a broken spirit saps vitality.
There is a constant struggle between a cheerful
heart and a crushed spirit.
• Fairness (v. 23)
• Foolishness (v. 24)
• Family (v. 25)
• Frustration (v. 26)
What is so frustrating in life is that there are no
easy victories or permanent ones.
Moral courage is the power to keep patiently
believing and resist the temptation to feel sorry
Elements Found in Good Medicine
I. A Truthful Heart
II. A Teaspoonful Heart
Matthew 6:34 MOFF –So do not be troubled
about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
The day’s own trouble is quite enough for the
Learn to distinguish between the supremely
important and the relatively important.
III. A Trustful Heart
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV – 5 Trust in the Lord with
all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 MOFF – 5 Rely with all your heart
on the Eternal and never lean on your own
insight; 6 have mind on Him wherever you go and
He will clear the road for you.
The ultimate test of faith is not how lovely you
praise God in the happy times, but how deeply
you trust God in the dark times.
Faith is simply believing that God is bigger than
Things to always remember
1. I have a Father in heaven who loves me.
2. Your Father in heaven can be trusted.
Psalm 33:4 NLT – For the word of the Lord
holds true, and we can trust everything he
3. My Father is taking care of what I can’t
4. Your Father can handle anything you put
in His hand.
Proverbs 17:22-26 NIV