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Spiritual Tune-Up: A Spirit of Melancholy and CONSTRAINT

Let’s learn to walk away from that spirit of melancholy and constraint. 🙂


 

I fear the spirit of melancholy and constraint.

-St Francis de Sales

 


    • melancholy and constraintNegative, controlling, crabby, critical, always pessimistic Christians
      • Let’s not be one of those – not too common, but still we see them around.
      • We needn’t pattern our lives and thoughts after the great sourpusses of history,
      • nor even the experts of fear and manipulation who live in our towns.
    • Jesus claims to bring Hope
      • Hope, Joy, Freedom, Peace, Thankfulness;
      • and there are millions who say it’s true today.
      • And the Apostle Paul lists those as chief blessings.
      • These great blessings are carried to us by the Spirit.
    • Even if it seems we SHOULD feel bad
      • like maybe we deserve it –
      • it definitely is OK, whenever we can, to let go of the melancholy that wants to cling to us.
      • And it’s definitely OK to live in an experience of joy, and awareness of love – even if we don’t deserve it – because Christ has purchased that for us.
      • See “Wear Your Diagnosis Lightly; It’s Not Really You
    • And you know, life is more fun
      • with hope and joy and healthy freedom.
      • It’s also more productive.
      • It’s the way things work best,
      • and it’s the way it’s meant to be.
      • THAT’s why the author quoted above said “I fear.” He/she knew how damaging it can be.
    • We may need some counseling, seriously;
      • we may need some practice
      • but let’s learn to walk away from that spirit of melancholy and constraint. 🙂
      Even if it seems we SHOULD feel bad, like maybe we deserve it -it definitely is OK, whenever we can, to let go of the melancholy that wants to cling to us.And it's definitely OK to live in an experience of joyClick To Tweet

 

I fear the spirit of melancholy and constraint.

– St Francis de Sales

 


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