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A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken (Proverbs 15:13, NKJV). The word “merry” should be understood as “joyful.” Thus, a joyful heart affects one’s disposition (attitude) in such a way that the radiance of the joy within can’t help but to come out. On the other hand, when the heart is sorrowful or experiencing a good deal of pain, then the disposition will also show itself. These are normal emotional responses in the life of each of us. For a Christian the joy of the heart is much greater than that which affects it on the outside. Whatever it is in the experiences of man that brings joy, it is one’s joy in the Lord that supersedes them all. This joy is related to “peace” (Romans 5:1). What is in your heart? RT