The spirit is not easily defined.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Spiritual Health is foundational”]Image from Shutterstock, created in Canva[/featured-image]
But, define is we must if we’re going to understand holistic health…..
Our spiritual health is foundational because our spirit is the highest, and most noble part of our being. It’s where we connect with God, and where we store our core values and beliefs. Below are some of the main characteristics of the human spirit:
You may be saying: “What does any of this have to do with our health?” That’s a great question. It’s because there is a spiritual-to-physical progression to our makeup. As a result, our bodies tend to mirror, or reflect what’s going on at a deeper level.
The soul connects the spirit and the body. It acts as a bridge between the two. Through this connectedness, our spiritual health will influence our physical health.
Here’s how it works:
Since this process starts with the spirit, could it be, that our spiritual health is the most important part of our physical health? In short, when we put God first in our lives, everything else tends to fall into place. (Matthew 6:33)[callout]”our bodies tend to mirror, or reflect what’s going on at a deeper level”[/callout]
A word of caution: I am not saying that we have any guarantees. We can get this right and still not achieve the state of health we desire. This is not Eden. We live in an imperfect, fallen world, an our bodies are slowly wearing out. In addition, God is sovereign, and sometimes he will allow suffering, to help grow and stretch our faith. (John 16:33) What I am saying is, our spiritual maturity is foundational to everything else in life, including our physical health. We don’t have any guarantees. But, sometimes we’re suffering because of our own foolish behavior.
Holiness or sanctification is thinking, speaking and acting more as God would if he were in our shoes. As we grow, and mature in our walk with God, we become less like the world, and more like him. (Romans 12:2) A nice by-product of this process is physical health will often follow. (Proverbs 3:7-8)
There’s a principle involved here that says: when we do things God’s way, we enjoy his protections. In the Old Testament this is referred to as blessing and cursing. (Deuteronomy 30:19) In the New Testament it’s called sowing and reaping. (Galatians 6:7)
We are created in God’s image (Genesis 2:7 ) A big part of what that means is we are created for relationships. Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. And, the second is like it, to love others as we love ourselves. (Matthew 22:37)
Therefore, our spiritual health hinges on our relationship with God, our relationship with others, and our relationship, or how we view ourselves. Anything that interferes with these three pillars will hinder our spiritual health. And our spiritual health is foundational to whole person health. Therefore, in order to maximize our physical potential, we need to be diligent, and pursue holiness in our practice of loving God, loving others, and loving ourselves.[Tweet “”When we put God first in our lives, everything else tends to fall into place.” David Sandstrom”]
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