Practice What You Preach
Friday, June 26, 2015
Research has shown that if we don’t practice what we preach, it can lead to increased anxiety, depression, guilt, and stress in general.38
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “cognitive dissonance” as psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously, or simply “not practicing what we preach.”
When talking about God’s law and our obedience we might experience cognitive dissonance between our beliefs and our behaviors.39
If we claim to be Christians, but we are not living the way we believe is right, then we will experience cognitive dissonance until we take the effort to re-harmonize our actions. When we do this, the dissonance goes away and our relationship with God is strengthened, and so is our health.