How Christianity Makes Us Resilient In Tough Times
A recent BBC article discussed research on what makes some people more resilient than others. Of 10 factors, 5 can be direct results of a Christian life. This suggests Christianity and Church can play a significant factor in making us more resilient in trying circumstances.
The 10 Social & Psychological Resilience Factors: **
- Drawing on faith (Hebrews 10:23)
- Having a moral compass (Mark 12:30-31)
- Using social support (Romans 12:5)
- Having good role models (1 Timothy 4:12)
- Having ‘meaning, purpose and growth’ in life (Ephesians 2:10)
- Facing fear (2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 41:10)
- Being physically fit (1 Corinthians 6:19)
- Making sure your brain is challenged (Acts 17:11)
- Having ‘cognitive and emotional flexibility’
- ‘Realistic’ optimism
A Christian who lives their faith in connection with a Church community automatically has the first three factors! Adding to this, a healthy church provides good role models for younger believers. Best of all, the Christian life gives us purpose, meaning, and measurable growth. Is it any wonder Christians are often able to be more resilient in times of difficulty and trial!