Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Spiritual Check-Up

“I am praying...your body is as healthy as...your soul.” (3rd John 2 TLB)

We all know how important physical health is; here's a plan for keeping your soul in shape:

  1. Don’t question your faith, question your doubts. We spend too much time dwelling on our misgivings, experiencing faith as an occasional flash-in-the-pan. God's promises are for believers.
  2. Don't be a “lone ranger.” It’s no accident that the Old Testament contains the story of God’s people, and that the Epistles were written to congregations. We grow as we relate - not isolate!
  3. Guard your thought life. If your “thinking is controlled by the sinful self, there is death. But if [it’s] controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace” (Romans 8:6 NCV). Practice mind management!
  4. Fall asleep and wake up immersed in gratitude. It will transform your day. “In every thing give thanks!” (1st Thessalonians 5:18).
  5. Ditch anything that distracts you from God. Toss the junk reading material, and if you have got the guts, throw in the TV!
  6. Always err on the side of mercy. Philip Yancey writes: “I marvel at the humility of a God who descends to live inside...his ‘flawed’ creatures... Do I show that same attitude towards people of whom I disapprove?”
  7. Be specific and don’t revert to generalities when discussing your faith. Paul wasn't “ashamed of the Gospel” (Romans 1:16); neither should you be.
  8. Be gracious to the people who irk you. God chose them too! Sometimes it is easier to be gracious to non-believers than to uptight, moralistic Christians. But that just makes you a different kind of judgmental.
  9. Forgive those who’ve hurt you. Harboring hatred hinders healing, so bring your hurts to God.

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