If you’re passionate about health and healing, you should be passionate about this.

[God’s] the only person who belongs at the core of your heart and spirit. Nobody else knows you and loves you like Jesus, nobody else deserves your heart’s primary allegiance and worship, and nobody should hold the place of influence He holds in your life.” (Keep Your Love On)

The health of our relationships flows from the health of our core.

The health of our core flows from whatever it is connected to and drawing life from.

And there is only one Person who provides the life and health our core needs.

This is why every person who hopes to participate in vibrant, life-giving relationships, healthy families, and honoring leadership cultures must be passionate about building a deep, strong connection with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is this connection that provides us with the template for doing relationships as they were designed—and the grace and maturity to live in it.

However, the reality for all of us is that building this connection involves going on a journey of repentance and restoration. We all come to God not as blank slates, but as orphans with broken relational templates that must be healed and replaced. Therefore, if we are to be passionate about our connection with God, we must also be passionate about inner healing and being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2).

Throughout the Gospels, we see that getting close to Jesus will always involve some kind of confrontation with the wounds and misbeliefs that hold us back from experiencing life and relationships on His terms.

As a counselor, I’ve had a front row seat for many of these confrontations. Most often, they occur because a person has made some kind of relational mess that has landed them my office. I always begin the conversation by asking, “What is the problem?” Eventually, it dawns on the person that I am not talking about the behavior that is wreaking havoc in their relationships—the adultery, porn use, drinking, or angry, violent outbursts. I’m trying to help them find the “broken spot” that has led to that behavior—the lies they have believed, embedded through painful experiences, that must be replaced with truth and healed. Without exception, every one of those lies is connected to what they believe about God and how He sees them. And, in every case, the problem can only be solved through an exchange with God, the source of truth and healing.

Jesus promised, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). There is nothing more thrilling than seeing a person set free because they hear the truth from Jesus Himself.  Time and again, I have watched hurting, defeated, broken-down people be filled with hope, joy, and peace as the bondage of years is lifted. It is miraculous. But even more incredible is watching that person begin to walk in greater intimacy with God—and all the fruit of that—as a result.  Healing our connection with Him brings healing to our whole lives.

This post originated on the blog of Loving on Purpose (full blog post found here.) Loving on Purpose is a ministry founded by Danny Silk and his wife Sheri.  Loving on Purpose  is a ministry to families and communities worldwide. Danny is also the author of four books: Culture of Honor, Loving our Kids on Purpose, Powerful and Free and the top selling Keep Your Love On. Danny will be our keynote speaker at our annual Reach Fundraising Dinner on October 24, 2018. 

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