“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.” I Thessalonians 5:23 NIV
From a religious/legal point of view, we turn to the blood of Christ to “sanctify” us from the defilement of sin.
However, from a biological point of view, a vast number of pathologies go back to some level of inflammation in the body, which causes a cascade of negative consequences. And the greatest cause of inflammation is generally emotional stress, not the stress of hard work or exercise.
So our fear of real and imagined things, from the past, present or the future, activates a series of responses in our bodies which is broadly toxic. Live in enough fear, often enough, long enough and it will poison every biological system you have. Fear which causes stress will literally take as many years off your life as smoking, drinking or overeating.
We have developed some lame tools for stress reduction. Have a glass of wine in the evening. Watch some TV to unwind. Take a sleeping pill. Have a wave machine define the sound while you sleep.
Go to a spa for a day. Take two weeks vacation once a year. Dress casual on Friday. Sleep in on the weekend and don’t shave. Eat comfort foods when you are down. Retreat to your man cave for some time alone.
Do all that and you will eliminate at least 5% of all the stress related toxicity stored in your body.
Or you could have God Himself, THE God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
Balmoral, you are a Mercy community by God’s design. As such, you are intended to be a place of completeness, not lack, and a place of resonance, not tension.
And as a Mercy community, your greatest strength is to bring people into deepest intimacy with God. The single most mentioned command in Scripture is “Fear not.” And we fear because we do not know the love of God that casts out fear.
If we knew the love of God, we would have no fear and no stress and better spiritual, emotional and physical quality of life.
So we bless you, Balmoral, with becoming a place where the God of peace can send stress riddled people to learn the love of God in the Mercy key of music, so that the God of peace can then take them through the ultimate detox, removing all stress related toxins from their whole being.
Copyright September 2011 by Arthur Burk
Sapphire Leadership Group, Inc.