In my earlier book, Self Exposed, I identified certain ‘marks of spirituality’ and used them to indicate levels of spiritual growth.  These marks are unlike physical indices, such as measurements of a person’s height in inches or one’s weight in units of pounds. article_images_measure_936280432 When we venture into the unseen world of spirituality it becomes evident that we are seeking virtuous elements of our inner nature. These are the things that are increasingly evident in the lives of most believers as they grow in both faith and the likeness of Christ. One notable parameter of Christian growth is that of wellness; a condition of wholeness, healthiness and well-being. Furthermore, wellness can be visualized as a state of fulfillment, security, worthiness and peace, even in times of troubles. Many people use these terms to reflect their own moral character and their own tangible degrees of wellness (such as job promotions, monetary worth and academic achievements). However, spiritual maturing people often portray a less tangible type of well-being that transcends worldly successes.

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Jesus applied wellness in terms of peace (shalom) when He told His disciples, “My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you” (John 14:27). This is a description of wellness that contrasts temporal and eternal values, transcends worldly successes and has practical and lasting implications in a life of a maturing believer.