2. Emotional Wellness
When you don’t take the time to work through your emotions and process your frustrations, fears, anger, etc. with God in prayer, this most often leads to sweeping these emotions under the rug and stuffing them down. But what goes down, must come up, and when you become emotionally unhealthy, it will show up in your life in multiple ways:
Energy: You become “too tired to people.” In other words, you don’t have the emotional energy to talk to and interact with anyone, let alone encourage them, edify them, or help them.
That evening the disciples came to him and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves. But Jesus said, "That isn't necessary - you feed them." – Matthew 14:15-16
By instructing the disciples to stay feed the people in this story, He was showing them the importance of spending time with people and helping meet their needs. Jesus valued people and the opportunity to love them and teach them about His Father.
Feelings: Instead of extending grace to hurting people in your life, you get angry at them for their actions, or lack thereof.
And "don't sin by letting anger control you." – Ephesians 4:26
When we are experiencing emotional health, we can show the people in our lives compassion, look past their hurtful actions, and realize those actions and attitudes are likely not even about us. Then we can give them grace for their poor decisions and pray for them instead of becoming bitter towards them.
Fellowship: You are too consumed with your own feelings and struggles that you can’t listen to and support others who are going through struggles of their own.
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15
Living in fellowship with one another is all about going through life together and sharing experiences, both positive and negative. When you are able to do this with the people in your life, it brings you together and strengthens the bonds of your relationships like very few things can.
Patience: You are very easily irritated at anything and anyone.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Emotional wellness brings peace to your life, and when you are at peace, it is so much easier to let little annoyances and silly things slide off your back, which then keeps you in a peaceful place.
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