Theme of the Week: The Emotionally Healthy Man
Bible Verse: ‘Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. ‘ 1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:11-16, Colossians 1:9-10
Being healthy is important right? So how many of you can say you’re healthy? I don’t just mean physically or medically healthy? How about relationally? Financially? Spiritually? How about emotionally?
If these long months of the pandemic have proved anything, it’s that we are not always as healthy emotionally as we would like to be. There are so many difficult days and pent-up feelings that need to be processed:
- There is the grief and loss of people close to us
- There is the sadness of missed moments that we were used to experiencing
- There is the frustration of not being able to do the things we enjoy or the latest round of restrictions, again
- There is so much anger and vitriol online and sometimes in-person towards particular groups, institutions, and government
The list could go on and on… but ultimately it is not about what is going on around us but what is going on in us that really matters.
Peter Scazzero was a pastor of a fast-growing and multi-cultural church in New York. After a number of years of working hard to build his ministry, he hit a wall. His marriage and his church was in trouble. Out of that crisis came the book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Pete and his wife found restoration and Pete found a new godly way to lead. Although he was strong in many areas, he was emotionally immature, and he did not know how to slow down and be with God.
The Apostle Paul reminds us: ‘Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.’ 1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV
Emotionally healthy spirituality is a necessary component that most Christians neglect. As a result, many never experience the fullness of God and our discipleship is impeded. Even followers of Christ who are passionate for God, church, small groups, serving, and who think they are “mature” in the faith remain stuck and spiritually immature–especially when faced with difficult circumstances, conflicts, and crises.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Scazzero writes, “We often neglect to reflect on what is going on inside us and around us (emotional health) and are too busy to slow down to be with God (contemplative spirituality).”
The combination of emotional health and authentic spirituality is a powerful combination because it unleashes the power of the Spirit in us so that the life of God can be evident through us.
This is a powerful topic and so needed today. So join us this week for this journey. Share this with a friend and sign up for our daily devotionals here to get it daily in your email, as we join together in living a life of purpose and godly impact.
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