SPIRITUAL HEALTH SCREENING

DID YOU KNOW THAT HAVING STRONG SPIRITUAL BELIEFS
HAS BEEN PROVEN TO INCREASE LIFESPAN?

We believe that we are not merely physical but that we also have equal parts that are mental and spiritual as well. When we only address one dimension, we are not addressing the whole person. Each "side" of a person has needs that must be met. If one or more of these "sides" is neglected or abused, the whole body suffers.

We must address the body as a whole, rather than just a part. Yes, we stress the physical aspect of health, because that is where most people feel their need the strongest and our physical sides are the one most visible.

But what many do not realize is that without spiritual health, our physical health is useless. What good is it to have a strong healthy body on earth, and lose out on eternal life in heaven because we do not have a relationship with God? At the same time, how can you serve God to the utmost if your physical body is weakened because of your failure to follow God's directions for health?

Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you will take with you into eternity.

Spirituality includes the capacity to love, to express compassion, empathy, to give and forgive, to enjoy life, and to find peace of mind and fulfillment in living. It deals with values that have their source outside of the individual.

A striving for something beyond ourselves is one way of defining spirituality.

HOW IS MY SPIRITUAL HEALTH?

Answering these questions will give you insight into your own spiritual health.
There are Bible verses following each question to give you even more “tools” with which to measure.

1. How do I experience the presence of God in my daily life?
(Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalms 51, 100, Acts 7:30-34.)
2. How does God answer my questions through the Bible?
(Psalm 119:97-105, 2 Timothy 3:14-17.)
3. What is the meaning and purpose of my life?
(Esther 4:13-16, Psalm 28:12-18, Matthew 5:13-16, Acts 26:12-18.)
4. How do I relate to God in prayer?
(Daniel 9:17-21, Matthew 6:5-15.)
5. In what ways do I love, respect and help my neighbors?
(Leviticus 19:11-18, I Corinthians 13:1-13.)
6. How does God heal my anger, fears and disappointments?
(Isaiah 41: 8-14, Ephesians 4:25-32.)
7. What shows that I have joy and inner peace in my life?
(Isaiah 26:1-4, Philippians 4:4-9 and many other sources.)

To sum it all up, a spiritually healthy person:

· Accepts guidance from God or higher power
· Is honest (does not lie, cheat, steal, gossip)
· Serves others (does no harm)
· Helps to take care of all of creation.

Spiritual health is when you feel a peace of mind of your role in the experience of life, your behavior is in tune with your spirit (who you really are) and you are in communication with God. But achieving that goal can be a challenge due to outside forces and your own destructive attitudes.

When we are spiritually healthy, we will exhibit the following traits, which come from having the inner peace that only having a good relationship with God can bring.

· A tendency to think and act deliberately, rather than from fears based on past experiences.
· An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
· A loss of interest in judging others.
· A loss of interest in judging self.
· A loss of interest in conflict.
· A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
· A loss of ability to worry.
· Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
· Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
· Frequent attacks of smiling through the heart.
· Increasing susceptibility to kindness offered, and the uncontrollable urge to reciprocate.
· An increasing tendency to allow things to unfold, rather than resisting and manipulating.

Maintaining your spiritual health should be a major activity of people. Healing, curing, repair and behavior management are the major efforts in restoring spiritual health once there is a problem. Having a pastor you can trust to share your innermost feelings with and a loving church family is essential! The Union Church of the Brethren is a small country church filled with loving people who truly care about each other. Why not plan to visit soon?

Union Church of the Brethren
Corner of State Rd. 17 & 10B Rd.
Plymouth, IN
Worship at 10:0 a.m. every Sunday

Pastor Deb Peterson

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