Going to Church
Good morning to all of you.
I recently cut out of a paper an article titled “Going to church is good for you.” I will quote some of what it says.
“Going to church may be good for the soul, but scientists have discovered it is good for the body. Researchers found that attending services lowers blood pressure and the more often you go the lower it becomes. Professor Jostein Holmen from the faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Medicine and Technology, and one of the study’s authors, said “It would appear that religious belief is relevant to your health.””
One gets high blood pressure through living under stressful conditions at work or at home. Stress without being dealt with, causes many diseases that are life threatening, for example diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Peace is the opposite of stress. Our busy lives cause our souls to cry out for peace and serenity longing for a quiet beach, or still waters to get away from the immediate situation that is stressful. God our Father knows we will face difficulties and stress living in this world. He provided a solution by sending Jesus.
“He is the Prince of peace,” Isaiah 9 v 6.
That is why Matthew 11 v 9 says
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”
I have found as I go to Jesus each day, praying and reading the Word of God I continue to be kept well, physically and mentally. I am staying alive!
Jesus said to his disciples in John 14 v 27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
After Jesus was crucified, he arose from the dead and appeared to his disciples twice. Both times he said peace be to you.
To the woman whom Jesus healed of the issue of blood, he said, in Mark 5 v 25, your faith has saved you, go in peace. God gave me this peace and I was healed of my bleeding too.
When we have peace, our body and mind relax. Perhaps that is why going to church lowers blood pressure and brings peace. The church represents the body of Christ. He is present among his people.