So far we have been exploring Teleios’ research regarding Christianity and wellbeing. Teleios’ purpose in conducting this research is to show the validity and usefulness of God’s Word in living a content, productive and purposeful life. How exciting! Teleios’ research on this topic is ongoing and we will share more information as it becomes available.
Now we want to turn our attention to specific scripture that can impact our wellbeing. Let’s start from the beginning: salvation!
Prior psychological research has shown that an adverse relationship with God hurts wellbeing and places a person at risk for depression (1). In contrast, Christianity is generally associated with positive wellbeing and a positive relationship with God (2,3). How does a person transition from a negative to positive relationship with God?
Scripture provides the clear sure pathway! It states an adverse relationship with God may be corrected by admitting our need for forgiveness, recognizing that Christ died on the cross for all wrongdoings so we could receive forgiveness. We receive this forgiveness by simply asking God by faith to forgive us and correct our relationship with Him.
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
- If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
It’s as simple as that, 3 steps:
- Recognize that you need a correction in your relationship with God because of your past wrongdoings.
- Recognize He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross on your behalf because of your past wrongdoings.
- Trust God by faith that you’re forgiven as activate the free gift of salvation.
This is the first and ground-laying step to increased wellbeing in your life. If you have not done so, take this first step to a sure relationship with God. We will then explore together how it will enhance your life and you will in turn benefit others.
Thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing you next week.
- Fitchett G et al. Religious struggle: Prevalence, correlates, and mental health risks in diabetic, congestive heart failure and oncology patients. Intl J Psych Med 2004;34:179-96.
- MacIlvaine WR et al. Association of strength of community service to personal wellbeing. Community Ment Health J 2014;50:577-82.
- MacIlvaine WR et al. Association of strength of religious adherence to quality of life measures. Complement Ther Clin Pract 2013;19:251-5.