Although excessive brooding over one’s own sinfulness can be a sign of a melancholy temperament, it should be remembered that … in our day and age, we are not likely to overdo it.
The 19th century Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “You may judge a man by what he groans after.”
The biblical metaphor of the church as a ‘bride’ is a rather awkward one… However, the thing about metaphors is that they are used to highlight a particular aspect of the illustration…
Growth in love to other people is a mark of spiritual health.
Do you feel thirsty for God? Whether it is because you are far from God and long for him, or because you are instead close to him but thirsty for more, this thirst is a sign of spiritual life, and an indicator of health.
Spiritual health refers to the wellbeing of the life of the soul – whether it is alive or dead, thriving or anaemic, growing or shrivelling.