Theme of the Week: The Emotionally Healthy Man
Bible Verse: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 ESV
Scripture Reading: John 1:10-13
Many people know the truths of the Bible relatively well. They can recite many of the Ten Commandments and articulate key principles for Christian living. They believe wholeheartedly they should be living them. The problem is they don’t know how!
Jesus preached great messages to the multitudes. Yet he knew that would not be enough for people to truly “get it.” So he chose twelve disciples with whom he lived day and night for three years. He modeled how his teaching worked out practically. He had them practice. He supervised. He imparted power.
As emotionally mature Christian adults, we recognize that loving well is the essence of true spirituality. This requires that we experience connection with God, with ourselves, and with other people. God invites us to practice his presence in our daily lives. At the same time, he invites us “to practice the presence of people,” within an awareness of his presence, in our daily relationships. The two are rarely brought together.
God invites us to practice his presence in our daily lives.
Jesus’ profound, contemplative prayer life with his Father resulted in a contemplative presence with people. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day, the “church leaders” of that time, never made that connection. They did not link loving God with the need to be diligent, zealous, and absolutely committed to growing in their ability to love people.
Taken from Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature by Peter Scazzero, Copyright © 2014. Used by permission of Zondervan.
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