Feeling isn’t the only way to experience emotional, spiritual, and mental healing, but not feeling can keep us from healing.
We may need to prevent feeling for a limited time because circumstances overload our bodies. We may need to not feel in situations where we need to survive. This isn’t meant to be a long-term solution to living. It doesn’t lead to thriving. Ultimately, what we need is far more complicated than just feeling.
God knows our needs. He knows the best path to experience healing and transformation. His goal is never about helping us just get through. It’s towards redemptive living that experiences more of Him and more of who He created us to be.
A few critical elements for emotional and spiritual healing include:
- willingness to get help
- safe and healthy relationships
- connection to God and others
- connection within ourselves (including feeling what we need to feel)
This may or may not include medical interventions, long-term therapy, recovery groups, spiritual battle prayers, exercise, and other means God may use to bring healing.
We are whole people in need of a whole-person perspective for healing.
Emotions are an essential aspect of who we are and how God brings healing. God uses emotional expressions to draw us to Him, reveal our need for Him, and meet our needs through His presence and people.
Additional scripture examples for consideration can be found here.
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Jolene Underwood is an emotional health warrior and soul care mentor. She provides practical and spiritual support for cultivating life within the Christian soul by drawing upon her personal journey towards emotional health, her psychology background, and a passion for Christian counseling. Jolene writes regularly at JoleneUnderwood.com. She also offers life coaching and soul care mentoring. Her tool, Unleash : Heart and Soul Care Sheets, has helped hundreds experience greater freedom. Connect with her online via YouTube/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest at @theJoleneU or via the Cultivated Life Newsletter.