Soul Care: Do you have a healthy God image?

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You don’t have a soul.
You are a soul.

You have a body.
-C.S. Lewis

Before we can view soul care as an important part of our daily routine, we need to examine our relationship with God. If we view God as a distant father or as a mean task-master we are not going to run to Him to get our needs met.

Did you ever stop to think how God views you as a child of God?

In my counseling practice, I’ve asked the question of Christian believers,
“What do you think God thinks of You?” Some of my clients respond with a shrug
of the shoulders saying, “I don’t know,” or sometimes clients will respond with
a shameful or guilty facial expression.

I’ve had clients tell me that they think that God is always disappointed with
them because they continue to make mistakes or find themselves in the same
negative life patterns.

Unfortunately, when we tell ourselves this regarding how God, “sees us” it
leads to a feeling of fear and disapproval. Feelings of fear and disapproval
will lead to us separating ourselves from God.

This can stem from our families of origin regarding a lack of receiving unconditional
love or growing up in an abusive or addictive household.

Whatever the reason, many develop what I call an, “Unhealthy God Image.”

John 4:18-19 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out
fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not
made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.”

The perfect love that this scripture is speaking of is God Himself. God is love and He knows the path you have been walking and He is aware of your past, the good, the bad and the ugly. We do not have to live under condemnation wondering how God sees us.

Romans 8:1-2 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus, because through Jesus Christ the law of the Spirit of
life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

God sees us as His precious child and He wants us to give Him our broken and wounded pasts so we do not have to live in fear and under condemnation.

Jesus Christ has already taken our place of punishment because God loves us so much.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only
Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

So, when you ask the question of yourself, “I wonder how God sees me?” how will you answer?

This is an important question to ask ourselves in understanding who God is in our lives. Without this ingredient, we cannot relax and be like Mary at the feet of Jesus tending to our soul care.

In the next blog, I will continue in my series of “Soul Care” as we examine the warning signs of soul weariness. God’s peace and blessings to you.

His Daughter,

Melanie