We have focused a great deal on our thoughts, minds, will, and emotions this month in our quest for improved mental health but our physical health also plays a big role in our overall health and wellness. We often neglect both these areas until something goes wrong. God designed us perfectly - mind, body, and spirit – and though they are resilient they are not crafted for excesses. As we have seen, God’s Word has a great deal to say about mental health, but did you know it also has much to say about keeping our bodies healthy as well?
Today’s scientists and physicians continue to confirm God’s principles for overall health and wellness. In Leviticus 3:17, we read, “You must not eat any fat or any blood” and today we know, through science, that high fat diets result in increased risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer, and more, and contaminated blood can transmit a number of diseases including hepatitis and AIDS. In His Word, God has provided foundational advice for both physical and mental health.
In 3 John 1:2, John prays this for his friend, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” God wants us to not only be spiritually healthy but also physically and mentally healthy. When we treat our spirit, soul, and body with our best efforts, we can glorify God in all areas. God wants us to take care of our minds, bodies, and spirits well, so we can live the abundant life He has for us and join Him in His Kingdom work of sharing the good news, so others come to know Him.
Mental health and wellness will continue to be in the news. Mental health is crucial for our overall well-being and wellness for our body, spirit, and soul. Read Proverbs 3:1-8 and welcome the promises of God spoken within these verses - prolonged life, peace, prosperity, health, and most importantly, favor with God and all of mankind.
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