In the last article, you learned that it is ultimately God’s desire for you to be healthy spiritually and physically. Today, we’ll talk through the idea of enjoying your new life in Christ.
Galatians 5:22-23 list the various parts of the fruit of the spirit. The first four of these are love, joy, peace and patience.
Think back in your own life to when you have abundantly experienced those qualities. You can probably remember how good you felt physically in the context of great joy or when you were experiencing great peace. When you ask people who are joyful how they are, they will generally say they feel good.
In his book “None of These Diseases,” Dr. S.I. McMillen points out that worry is actually one of the primary causes of many diseases prevalent in America today.
Consider Proverbs 14:30, which illustrates this phenomenon of the emotion of peace affecting physical health: “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (New International Version). And consider Proverbs 17:22: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (NIV).
This article was originally published in “Managing Yourself” by Steve Douglass.
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