It is Well, with my Soul
God created us with different components, as I consider the hymn writer’s statement, I realize to be well in my soul is primarily, however, are we well in all areas?
Physical wellness– This pertains to any activity or condition of the physical body. How good or bad the circumstances of your physical state have a direct impact in your daily functions, mentally and physically. God shows us the importance of being a good steward of our bodies in His Word, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price, so glorify God with your body?” (One Corinthians 6: 19, 20). In addition, He mentions that physical exercise has value for a person’s physical wellness (1 Timothy 4:8). So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1corithians 10:31)
Intellectual wellness– challenging your thought process with new ideas and continuing be active in learning. The Lord encourages, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8, 9) Additionally, he mentions in Romans 12, to do not conform to world, but be transformed, renewing your mind.
Occupational wellness– using your skills or gifts to complete an oriented task. Finding a job or career that is meaningful, completing responsibilities that fulfills your passions and desires. Consider Nehemiah and how the Israelites built the wall, in-spite of the burdens they faced, they worked, stayed the course, and eventually succeeded in finishing of their assignment. In addition, I am reminded about all the men and women in the Bible that sacrificially worked in God’s ministry. “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24). Paul reminds us how important the work in the ministry was to complete what the requirements the Lord has put on his heart.
Emotional wellness-is the capability to manage through the trial of life. The system handles a productive way to deal with stress. The Bible states that we should not worry about anything, instead to address everything in prayer…and God will give peace (Philippians 4:6). “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter5:7)
Social wellness– the area of our life that governs our relationships. This relates to our accountability, networking, and other arenas of fellowship we use to provide us with outlets to improve our social state. In Galatians, God encourages us to bear each other burdens; also, Jesus’s second greatest commandment was to love our neighbors. Furthermore, the scripture are full of text in how the body of Christ is to operate as one unit, assisting each other as a family.
Spiritual wellness-The inner man is searching, and longs for answers. As believer, my rest is found in the relationship I have with Christ. Jesus gave me eternal life and left me with the Holy Spirit, the comforter that counsels me through life. I also have the ability and opportunity to rest in the Word, which gives me faith, allowing me to be secure in God. In addition, my life is completed because I have a purpose, to serve God and his people, in love. There are many others ways individuals can attain Spiritual wellness, I am just sold-out in the hope I have in Christ. – Juan Mendez is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy, serves full-time at America’s Keswick, and is an on-line student at Lancaster Bible College. You can write to Juan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: All whom the Father elects, Christ redeems; all whom Christ redeems, the Father adopts. —Ian McNaughton
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57