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7. Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
8. It will be healing to your body,
And refreshment to your bones.
Our emotional and spiritual wellbeing has a great effect on our physical health. This is something that has been known for thousands of years, as evidenced by this Proverb written by King Solomon about 3,000 years ago.
Unfortunately, most people don't live in a peaceful state of being; they bring all kinds of stress upon themselves, and most of the time they don't even recognize how and why they do it. They just think that's the way people live in today's world, but we don't have to live that way.
From the very beginning, God created us to be peaceful loving beings who would care and protect the whole of creation: for our fellow human beings, for all the animals, and the environment in which we all live.
The Prophet Isaiah painted a beautiful picture of this peaceful kingdom (11:6-9), where even wild animals wouldn't eat one another, but live in peace together eating only plant foods. Isaiah ends this passage telling us why this will come about: "For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
These Scripture passages are teaching us to turn away from the violence, corruption, and even machoism in the world around us, and live peaceably.
This is living in the will of the Lord and turning away from evil, just as the Proverb teaches us. This is taking time to "smell the roses". This is bringing peace and contentment to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This is bringing healing to our bodies.
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