Emotional and Spiritual Health

Dear Church Family,
Greetings in Jesus' name!

Several years ago I was acquainted with a man who was a marathon runner. I would often see him jogging and, for all appearances, he looked very fit. I was surprised, though, when I heard that he had suffered a heart attack; which he thankfully recovered from. I remember being so shocked when I heard about his experience and thinking, "How could this happen to someone who exercised regularly and appeard to be so fit?" Appearances can be deceiving. Someone can look very fit, but in reality they're actually not.

It is the same with spiritual and emotional health within the church environment. All of us have been "surprised" when someone whom we thought to be spiritually or emotionally healthy (mature) exhibited behavior that belied what we saw or how they presented themselves. Health issues are very tough to diagnose and correct in the spiritual or emotional sense. Take the Corinthians for instance - they thought they were spiritual and doing well. The only problem was that they were basing their spiritual and emotional health on a faulty measuring system and misinformation, which Paul worked very hard to correct. Some people believe they are spiritually mature if they go to church on Christmas and Easter, but against what are they measuring themselves?

Spiritual and emotional maturity are simply discipleship issues. Spiritual maturity can be measured by the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians chapter five. Emotional maturity is tougher.
If you are emotionally mature, you will not be threatened by opposing viewpoints or disagreements. You will not insist on getting your way or whine if you feel you have been treated unfairly, and you will be quick to forgive. People who are emotionally mature do what is right, not convenient; and they always take into consideration how their decisions and actions will affect those they are in relationship with. Emotionally healthy people are willing to serve others and exhibit humility, and they have a realistic viewpoint of their own abilities and potential. These are just a few truths that we should all examine ourselves in light of. Health issues are tough to deal with, but well worth the effort. Not dealing with them can lead to all manner of "surprises" that would be best avoided - just like the man in our opening story. 

I call you blessed,
Pastor