In the book of Proverbs, you discover that words, just words can not only cure you but change you. Proverbs 12:20, “Joy fills the heart of those that are planning for good.” Proverbs 12:25, “But a word of encouragement does wonders.” Then in Proverbs 15:30, “Pleasant sights and good reports give happiness and health.” There is a story in American history that we can use as a lesson.

It was during the Civil War when General Grant found himself with a violent headache. He had to stop at a farmhouse and spend the night, and he recorded the event in his memoirs. “In bathing my feet in hot water and mustard and putting mustard plasters on my wrists and the back of my neck, hoping to be cured by morning.”

The next morning he was cured instantly, but what cured him was not a mustard plaster. It was a message from a horseman that came galloping down the road; he handed General Grant a letter from General Robert E. Lee saying that he wanted to surrender.

Grant wrote, “When the officer bearing the message reached me, I was still suffering with a sick headache, but the instant I saw the contents of the note, I was cured.” The worry, fear, tension, and the burden of the war left him, and so did the pain. “A good report brings happiness and health.” Daily we can fill our thoughts with God’s good reports!

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