Words from the Heart for Friday November 25th, 2016
Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
3 John 1:2 (NLT)
Physically and Spiritually Strong
Spiritual needs are of great concern, but we must not neglect the well-being of our physical bodies. Caring for our physical beings can help maintain a healthy spiritual outlook. Are you maintaining a healthy diet? Are you exercising regularly? Are you getting the proper amount of sleep?
When France’s Prime Minister visited Canada last month he spoke to the need for Canada to stand with her allies around the globe. In an interview with the Globe and Mail he said, “Generally, we need a strong and active Canada in the world. Ready to reinvest internationally. Our two countries are, in effect, confronted by the same challenges. The terrorism which has struck our two societies. The crises that are shaking Africa and the Middle East and which affect our security.” Canada is planning on sending 600 troops as part of a peacekeeping force in Africa. France sent its military into Mali in 2013 to stop Islamist extremists from taking the capital. Now, 3,000 French troops are deployed on a counterterrorism mission in Mali, Chad, Niger, and several other former French colonies.
Within certain circles in the early church there were those who believed that all things physical were evil and part of the fallen human nature. Spiritual things were good, physical thing were bad. But that isn’t Biblical theology. Jesus came in the flesh, Immanuel, God with us. Jesus took on flesh and loved to call Himself the Son of Man. The Bible is very clear that Jesus was the sinless one, and 1 John 4:2 says “This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” So it shouldn’t surprise us that 3 John 1:2 says: “Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” These greetings from John speak volumes about God’s holistic concern for His people. Christians spend most of our time concerned about our spiritual life and this is how it should be. Jesus came to redeem us from the Enemy of our souls. He forgives our sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. But He is concerned about our physical well-being. God told the people of Israel that His name is Yahweh Rapha, the Lord who heals. God cares about you. He cares about you spiritually and physically. You can bring your needs to him, all of your needs. Take time today to do so. He loves you in every way.
These have been words from the heart.