Proverbs 18:14 ~ “The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?”
We must NEVER play down the importance of mental and emotional well-being! For a crushed spirit is harder to deal with than a broken body (physical ailment).
Good day purposeful people,
I pray that this post meets you well, and that God’s strength continually sustains you through the storms of life. Yet again I’ll be discussing about the importance of looking after your mental health, as God did not only create us to be physical beings, but has also created within us a soul, and a spirit, which we are to tend to.
Some of us are not fully equipped to deal with managing a significant others mental instability. That’s why we have counsellors and psychiatrist! Not everyone can help assist someone on their journey of healing from depression. A common reason why people avoid seeking help is because they’re concerned about what their loved ones may think! They do not desire to disappoint family members, or make their family feel that they’ve not done enough. (Please do not think in such a way). This should not be the case, because when it comes to physical health most people tend to encourage their loved ones to get into contact with a doctor. Why??? Because that family member is aware that diagnosing ailments, and performing surgery is outside of their competency level.
So my question to us ALL is, why do we treat our minds any different? Our mental health is just as important as our physical health!
If a loved one comes to you for advice, and you know it’s regarding a matter you’re unable to deal with, don’t feel ashamed to refer them to someone else, as well as informing them that you’ll keep them in your prayers. I’d like to clarify that I’m in no way saying that you should never give out advice, or never encourage someone to pray to God about their situation, because God should always be involved in a believers decision making process. But what I am trying to highlight is the importance of informing your loved one to seek appropriate help, by contacting the right individuals to support them along their journey towards recuperation. This is because giving bad/incorrect counsel can destroy a persons life. We have an example of this in the Bible when looking at the life of Amnon.
2 Samuel 13:1-14 ~ “Now David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar. And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her. Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill. She was a virgin, and Amnon thought he could never have her. But Amnon had a very crafty friend his cousin Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimea. One day Jonadab said to Amnon, “What’s the trouble? Why should the son of a king look so dejected morning after morning?” So Amnon told him, “I am in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.” “Well,” Jonadab said, “I’ll tell you what to do. Go back to bed and pretend you are ill. When your father comes to see you, ask him to let Tamar come and prepare some food for you. Tell him you’ll feel better if she prepares it as you watch and feeds you with her own hands.” So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. And when the king came to see him, Amnon asked him, “Please let my sister Tamar come and cook my favorite dish as I watch. Then I can eat it from her own hands.” So David agreed and sent Tamar to Amnon’s house to prepare some food for him. When Tamar arrived at Amnon’s house, she went to the place where he was lying down so he could watch her mix some dough. Then she baked his favorite dish for him. But when she set the serving tray before him, he refused to eat. “Everyone get out of here,” Amnon told his servants. So they all left. Then he said to Tamar, “Now bring the food into my bedroom and feed it to me here.” So Tamar took his favorite dish to him. But as she was feeding him, he grabbed her and demanded, “Come to bed with me, my darling sister.” “No, my brother!” she cried. “Don’t be foolish! Don’t do this to me! Such wicked things aren’t done in Israel. Where could I go in my shame? And you would be called one of the greatest fools in Israel. Please, just speak to the king about it, and he will let you marry me.” But Amnon wouldn’t listen to her, and since he was stronger than she was, he raped her.”
Throughout the bible we are told about people who went to visit wise men and women (advisers/teachers/prophets) to seek counsel, advice, wisdom, and understanding. Seeking help is not unscriptural.
2 Kings 22:13-16 ~ “Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.” So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the New Quarter of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, the keeper of the Temple wardrobe. She said to them, “The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go back and tell the man who sent you, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to bring disaster on this city and its people. All the words written in the scroll that the king of Judah has read will come true.”
Acts 25:12 ~ “Festus conferred with his advisers and then replied, “Very well! You have appealed to Caesar, and to Caesar you will go!”
Not everyone is an expert in mental health management, remember that. So don’t feel ashamed about getting help from a qualified counsellor, it’s not a disgraceful thing to do, neither does it mean that you don’t have faith in God. God can bring about healing, and or advice through various means. God even spoke through a donkey 😊! Have a blessed and productive week
Numbers 22:28 ~ “Then the Lord gave the donkey the ability to speak. “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?” it asked Balaam.”
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