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Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

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Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2 Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like: “You just need to pray more (or have more faith for healing).” “It’s a sin to get psychiatric treatment or take psychiatric drugs.” “A mental illness is a sin (or God’s punishment for sin) and you need to repent to get well.” Let’s think about this a moment. Is psychiatric treatment any more wrong that other medical treatment? Why should we expect only miraculous healing? Doesn’t God use the medical community, too? Can’t God use modern medicine to achieve His results? Yes, we are spiritual beings, but we are also a body and mind. When it...

Praying for Wholeness but Accepting Brokenness

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I often ask God for healing for my body, mind, and spirit. This actually involves a long list of requests because of my many physical problems. I also struggle with taking medication every two hours all day long. After I take most of them, I want to sleep it off for a couple hours. It’s difficult to be productive when you’re so tired from medication. Working outside the home isn’t really an option right now. I pray for God to heal me, but it hasn’t happened yet. How does someone continue asking in faith for God to heal them and yet live with contentment in their current situation? It’s not easy. Here are three thoughts that come to mind from my perspective. Remember these brief trials are insignificant in comparison to the glory that awaits us. Paul wrote: “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now...