“To feel is to be human. To minimize or deny what we feel is a distortion of what it means to be image bearers of our God.” – @petescazzero
Pete Scazzero is the founding pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York. He is also the author of a series of books about emotionally healthy spirituality. He and his wife Geri are advocates of a more healthy and holistic approach to doing church that accounts for emotional maturity. More here.
One of the things he wrote that has moved me most is this: “To feel is to be human. To minimize or deny what we feel is a distortion of what it means to be image bearers of our God.”
I grew up in a faith community that almost always diminished the role of emotions, even classifying them as unhelpful or even evil. This only leads to more brokenness.
If you are a church leader, your really must read Scazzero’s book, Emotionally Healthy Church, and I highly recommend his first book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality for everyone.
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