Our spirit is the non-physical part of us that goes back to God upon our death, (Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV). This immaterial part of humanity is the very core of our being, the essence of life and is what connects us to a higher power. This part of ourselves is powered by belief. We can only use this part of ourselves if we believe in God.
God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. He wants us to worship Him not in a formalistic way but as a result of genuine love, faith, commitment and obedience to Him all grounded in a true knowledge of His word, (John 4:24 KJV). Maintaining a close, consistent connection to God increases our spiritual health and well-being. Here is where we gain a knowledge and understanding of who He is and of His laws. Here is where we receive power over sinful practices and to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Here is where we learn how to worship Him to His standards and receive power to spread His word through evangelistic activities. Indeed it is from a knowledge, understanding and conviction of God’s laws that we derive our morals and values and other practical guidelines on daily living. Here is where we discover God’s purpose for our lives and receive the power to fulfill that life. There is no greater peace and satisfaction you can receive than when you know you are living a life pleasing to God and fulfilling His purpose for your life.
Our journey to spiritual health and wellness includes consistent prayer, worship, meditating on God’s word, living a life of obedience to His word and fulfilling His plan for our lives. Spiritually healthy people find it easier to love their neighbor, practise forgiveness, faith and hope, display compassion, control negative thoughts and curb destructive behaviour. They are more positive and find joy and peace even in times of adversity. They generally find it easier to live in alignment with accepted morals and values without compromise.
Spiritual health is often over-looked as one of the pathways to holistic health. However, its benefits provide the "primary food" (i.e. love, hope, faith, inner peace, joy, contentment) which our body needs to be truly healthy.