SPIRITUAL VS. SOUL CARE
BY CRAIG LAWRENCE
senior pastor of New Life Community in Pomona, Calif.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 NKJV
What does “spiritual healing” look like? Is spiritual care the same as soul care?
Spiritual care and soul care are very difficult to separate. When I first came to Christ, the focus was on the “spiritual man,” which seemed to me to be separate from the “emotional man.” I was told to be careful about my emotions, that they could get me into trouble. I have found out that is truer than I could have known. Unfortunately, it was the opposite of what I understood then. My “spiritual man” suffered when my “emotional man” was neglected. I did not realize they are basically the same. In Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero shares that “Emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” When I read this more than 10 years ago, it rocked my world. Now my life, family and church receive spiritual healing through nurturing the soul realm.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Is there deeply spiritual, emotional soul care in your life?
Ask the Lord and others to give you wisdom in developing a plan for care that covers all areas in your life.
Pray that God will help you with an honest assessment of your whole being, so you can develop honest accountability.
LEAD // WE DESIRE FOR PEOPLE TO GROW SPIRITUALLY
DISCIPLING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TOWARDS MATURITY AND ADVANCING THEM TOWARDS THEIR KINGDOM ASSIGNMENT.
[The church’s] responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work
and build up the church, the body of Christ.
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1
PRAYER + REFLECTION
No matter the level in which we have given God access to our lives, there is always room for more. As we enter into 2019, would you take a moment and invite God to take you deeper in 2019.
Reflect on how you can imitate Christ at a deeper level in 2019.
How is God calling you to build up the church?