FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 10:27 (ESV)
EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY
Peter Scazzero in Emotionally Healthy Spirituality said, “Ignoring our emotions is turning our back on reality. Listening to our emotions ushers us into reality. And reality is where we meet God. . . . Emotions are the language of the soul. They are the cry that gives the heart a voice. . .” For years many of us have pursued being spiritually who God wants us to be but have neglected the emotional damage that we have suffered that’s needs healing.
John Maxwell relates the story of Bobby Jones, a legendary golfer who won a major tournament at twenty-one. Jones had an uncle who said that by the time he was fourteen, Bobby was probably already the best golfer in the world. However, Jones was also known for his temper because he would throw his clubs when he got irritated. Jones’s uncle sat down with him and said, “Bobby, your problem is you’ve mastered the game of golf, but you haven’t mastered your emotions; and until you master your emotions, you’ll never be a champion in golf.” Maxwell observes: “We have choices when it comes to our emotions: we can master them, or they can master us.”
God wants to help us master our emotions. Jesus taught we should love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. Jesus didn’t just come to change our eternal destiny, He also came to change our whole being. The psalmist knew this about God when he described God as a shepherd who “restores my soul.”
Scazzero has also said, “emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” In what ways do you think you may be emotionally immature or wounded? Loving God and others well is about loving with our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Ask God to heal any of those areas that are wounded.
Praise God for loving you even when you were flawed and unlovable. Thank God for giving you a chance to have healthy and loving relationships.