I have been blogging through Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction by Dr. Robert Kellemen. You may find my previous posts in the links below: (each link will open in a new window)
- Part one
- Part two
- Part three
- Part four
- Part five
- Part six
- Part seven
- Part eight
- Part nine
- Part ten
As we understand our imago Dei, (that we are image bearers of God), we come to grasp the foundational truth that biblical Christianity joins both head and heart. We are created in the image of God as demonstrated by our ability to choose and think. We are also designed to love. Not only to love God passionately, but one another as well. We are designed to be open & vulnerable – loving without self-protection or selfishness.
We are relational beings. As relational beings, we long for relationship with one another. Our motivation in relationship is that “…we pursue what we perceive to be pleasing…” (p.163) In our longing and motivation we begin to see that we are not only relational beings, but spiritual beings – designed to worship. In our fallen state we turn from God and begin to pursue anything “…but God to quench our spiritual thirsts”. (p.163) In fact, “…our worshiping nature is so strong that in our fallen state we must actively suppress and re-divert it.”
One of my favorite paragraphs from Soul Physicians is found in this section on worship: “God is our primal relationship, whether we face it or not, whether we like Him or not. We always live oriented toward God – either with our faces or our backs oriented to Him.” (p.166) We long to be in relationship and this is played out in our worship. We long to be in relationship with Someone who delights in us and values us.
How does the healthy romancer appear in right relationship, worshiping God the Father?
- In longing to enjoy the Father
- In longing to entrust ourselves to the Father
- In longing to emulate, or reflect, the Father
- In longing to exalt the Father
In the pursuit of these things we bring our God honor and glory.
Please take time to browse through the blog tour of Dr. Kellemen’s latest book, Sacred Friendships, here.