Healthy Living – Part 2: The Importance of Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Health
If you are not feeling your best, you may believe that a poor diet, lack of exercise, or excessive amount of stress is to blame.
In an attempt to become the healthy, happy, and peaceful person you want to be, you start making changes to your daily regimen. And yet, these changes don’t get rid of the underlying feeling that something just isn’t right…
You’re trying to fix one aspect of your being instead of looking at physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health as a whole.
Many people forget that the body, heart, mind, and spirit are connected. When one isn’t given sufficient care and attention, the others are left vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks.
Only by understanding how physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health are connected can you learn to fortify your vessel and treat it as a temple of the Lord—one that can be used to serve Him and do good works in His name, allowing you to lead the life God has planned for you.
How Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Health Are Connected
There is ample evidence out there to support the connection among physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health—not only in modern research but also in scripture.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Thessalonians 5:23
Moreover, you can feel how one aspect of your being affects another, especially in hard times.
When you suffer from extreme stress, for example, it can manifest itself physically in the form of headaches or stomachaches. It can lead to a lack of confidence in yourself and your decisions. It can even result in a loss of faith.
No matter what your primary concern may be, it is important to remember that leaving it unaddressed gives the enemy the opportunity to take advantage of it—spreading it and causing further damage.
You must also keep in mind that this connection was not made by accident, but by design.
Because God created us in His own image, giving us spiritual souls and physical bodies, along with strong minds and gentle hearts.
He made us. And in order to experience the fullness of the blessing of life He has given, we must acknowledge this connection and seek to care for every part of His temple.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”—Psalm 139:14
Why It is Important to Give Attention to All Aspects of Your Being
As mentioned previously, every part of your overall being is connected, coming together to form the vessel that is you—the place where the Holy Spirit dwells.
Unfortunately, you are not the only one who is aware of this connection. The enemy of your soul is aware of it too…
The enemy knows that your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health all play a role in your wellness. By attacking one, he can cause damage to the rest. That’s why he prowls around, ready to pounce as soon as he senses weakness.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”—1 Peter 5:8
Giving proper attention to every aspect of your being puts you on the path to becoming the person you want to be—that’s true. But more importantly, it ensures that you are able to protect yourself against the enemy’s attacks, which can have serious consequences.
The symptoms you have right now—the ones that are causing you distress in some fashion—those are undoubtedly the work of the enemy.
He wants to steal your blessings and destroy your life, so he sets out to cause harm in whatever way he can.
- Compromise your body with illness
- Weigh down your heart with worry
- Invade your mind with negative thoughts
- Shatter your spirit with sudden unbelief
The enemy is crafty and will strike at any time in any number of ways. That’s why you need to be prepared.
You need to care for all aspects of your being and strengthen your vessel so it may be used only as God intended.
What You Can Expect When You Care for Your Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Health
When you make caring for your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health a priority, you can reap countless benefits.
In addition to an improvement in your mood, focus, and energy, you can expect the following:
- A deeper connection with the Lord
- Greater insight into your true identity
- The chance to fulfill your calling
- A sense of belonging
- The opportunity to further God’s Kingdom
When you achieve optimal wellness—making a point to address every aspect of your being—you show reverence for the Lord’s temple and put yourself in a position to receive all the blessings He has for you.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”—Galatians 5:22-23
He wants you to experience all of these wonderful gifts. But first, you must make sure you are willing and able to receive them.
When you are not feeling well, it’s crucial that you look at the larger picture.
Remember that physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health are all connected. When there is an issue with one, the rest will likely follow suit, as the enemy sees any weakness as an opportunity to attack.
To become the person you want to be, move forward with the plan God has written for you in the books of Heaven, and receive all the blessings He has to offer, you need to care for every aspect of your being.