Substantial Healing Of The Whole Person – Part 6 ( joy, peace, and a song)

Let us now consider some aspects of ‘positive psychological hygiene’.  As a Christian, instead of putting myself, in practice, at the center of the universe, I must do something else.  This is not only right, and the failure to do so is not only sin, but it is important for me personally in this life.  I must think after God and I must will after God.  To think after God, as he has revealed himself in his creation and especially as he has revealed himself in the Bible, is to have an integrated answer to life, both intellectually and in practice.  On any other basis I do not have this.  On any other basis but this I am shut up to that phrase I find in Ecclesiastes, that under the sun ‘all is vanity.’  When by the grace of God I think after God, I can have intellectual integration.  I no longer need to play games of hide-and-seek with the facts that I dare not face.   

Now the same is true in the integration of my personality, of the whole man.  I must will after God.  There is only one integration point that is enough, and that is God himself.  As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, Ephesians 5:18-19.  Paul is talking here about wine as a false integration point.  In contrast, if I have the Holy Spirit as my integration point and through him as the agent of the Trinity I am in communion with the whole Trinity.  I can have joy and peace, and a song.  I do not have to go along whistling to myself in the dark: there can be songs in the night that come from the inside out.  Now this example uses wine, but we can understand here that it is not only wine, and becoming drunk.  It is also any other thing that is made to be my final integration point instead of God himself. Any other integration point beside God will led to the same end.  This is not just a theological or psychological trick.  This is what I am.  And nothing less will integrate the whole me, because that is what I was made for; to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind.  Being in any other relationship is not enough.  There are parts of me that are not encompassed by any other relationship.   (this thought will be con’t the next few days)

Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

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