“…Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24 ESV)
Emotional wholeness is the result of having one’s soul rightly anchored in the grace of God. Knowing the Lord – knowing that He is righteous, kind, and steadfastly-loving gives hope to the hopelessly messed-up. If we want to be well, as the Lord counts wellness- a good place to start is with understanding Who God is and who we are in relationship to Him. That is how we can have hope that our lives are not an accident that must be cleaned up- but a perfectly designed masterpiece created by God- for His glory. By seeing our lives against the backdrop of God’s sovereignty, holiness, wisdom, and love we begin to see ourselves as we really are- creatures created to image forth our Creator and reveal the excellency of His redeeming grace (Ephesians 1:6-10, 2:4-10).
Emotional wholeness is nothing short of experiencing the resurrection power of God in sanctification. Sanctification is the process of becoming or being made holy, conformed into the image of Christ. It is in the process of sanctification that God conforms us into His image, by making us like Jesus; and it is in that process that He brings about emotional health and holy wholeness. He does this through His resurrection power- raising the dead in us, and giving us joy and grace as we walk by faith in His amazing promises. As we walk in faith- believing Him for the promise of newness of life- we begin to leave behind the characteristics and behaviors that developed as a result of the past and the result of sin, and we are increasingly transformed into the holy image of Christ. This comes about as we see God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18-5:21).
Throughout this process, we need to know Who God is if we are to rightly respond to Him in His sanctifying work in our lives. For instance, we need to know that God is holy, good, wise, and loving- so that we can trust Him despite the experiences of perplexing evil that He has ordained into our lives. We need to know that God is sovereign over all things, capable of causing even the worst of events to be for our ultimate good and His greatest glory. We need to know that God is perfectly good, that God is absolutely sovereign, and yet, He is never the author of any evil which comes to pass (Acts 2:23; James 1:12-15). We also need to know that God is wise enough to order our days perfectly- to the end that our souls will be well with Him for all the millennia to come. And, finally, we need to experientially know the perfect love of God that is most abundantly manifested in the cross of Christ. We can begin to know our God personally by boasting with faith in His perfect work in our lives- that is, by trusting Him with everything in us and in our pasts. This is part of walking by faith in His amazing promises and rejoicing in those things in which He, Himself, most rejoices and delights in: His steadfast love, His justice, and His righteousness. We can walk in faith by intentionally remembering that our sin and brokenness is not lost on God- it is all part of His perfect plan to sanctify us completely- to conform us into the image of His Son, so that we rightly image forth our great Creator and reveal the excellency of His redeeming grace.
Hence, the Holy Spirit has said, “...Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24 ESV).