Tips for Spiritual Health

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"But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives." - Jude 20–23

Women spend untold time and energy nurturing other people—a lifelong commitment to Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as ourselves. Sometimes, however, we’re so busy working, planning, celebrating, comforting, listening, and chauffeuring that we forget to invest in our own spiritual health.

Jude calls on Christians to exercise their faith so they will not only survive, but also thrive in a culture that does not worship God. Of course, exercise is never easy! We may spend days in endless activity, yet our spiritual muscles grow flabby because we never stretch them beyond the status quo.

When we dare to dream God’s dreams and follow His direction, we gain the power to accomplish His will.

Jude urges believers to connect with the Holy Spirit in fervent lifestyle, commitment and prayer, and to remain close to God, not wandering off to embrace worldly values and habits.

Finally, Jude encourages his friends to remain upbeat on a major scale: “Expect God’s mercy through Jesus Christ to bless you forever!”

When we follow God’s direction for good spiritual health, we can anticipate great things in our own lives and in those we serve.

Lord Jesus, I don’t like change—yet if I’m to grow and help others develop, I need to welcome it! Transform me, God. Amen.
Apr 16 2018