by Bishop-elect Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.
As the people of God, we have moved from the place of outpouring to the place of spiritual care.
“Let us not be [grow] weary [become discouraged or lose heart] in well-doing [in doing good, acting nobly, or doing right], for in due season [the proper time, the appointed season] we will reap a harvest if we faint not [if we do not give up],” Galatians 6:9.
Doing good involves yielding to the Spirit and exhibiting [manifesting, displaying, and having the quality of good behavior] the fruit is all that the Holy Spirit produces in us.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. For we are in Christ and have crucified the lust of the flesh. We live in the spirit, we walk in the spirit. We don’t provoke one another, or envy one another,” Galatians 5:22.
There is no vain glory: pride, or excessive vanity.
The fruit of the Spirit gives strength to the weary and increases power to the weak. This is why we have faith in the Lord for renewed strength. We cannot make it on our own. This is why no one is totally independent and doesn’t need God’s help. God is desirous for you to feel close to Him by building a personal relationship.
God establishes a relationship with us so we can express ourselves to Him for guidance in our daily walk. We need spiritual care and counseling throughout life’s journey.
Spiritual care: As the people of God, it is important that we look after our spiritual well-being and spiritual self-care. That involves spending time with family, meditating, reading the word, spending time in nature, praying, and physical activity.
This will build you spiritually, emotionally, and physically. It will rebuild your relationship with God and regain a sense of spiritual well-being.
If you don’t give yourself spiritual care, how can you give it to others? This is why we have Jesus Christ as our example of seeing past self and then to others.
“When He had fasted 40 days and nights,” Matthew 4:2.
“When He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain to pray,” Matthews 14:23.
Spiritual self-care: Do for others, but you must first see after yourself. So don’t be weary in well-doing, because in due season you will reap if you faint not. And when you have the opportunity, do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” Matthew 11:28-30.
Self-care is a process of taking care of oneself with behaviors that promote good health.
Spiritual care is needed. It’s a part of your everyday engagement—the food that we eat, the choices we make. Exercising and sleep are vital parts of yourself care. As the children of God, we must live healthily; eat healthily; get enough sleep; exercise daily; do something you enjoy every day; have spiritual activities, and avoid drugs and alcohol.
Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with God and self so that you can enjoy the good feelings that we can give to others. Remember, you cannot give to others what you don’t have yourself.
Self-care builds you emotionally, physically, socially, practically, mentally, and spiritually.