Mussar

Mussar is a word that may sound strange to many believers who have never heard it before but you probably do some form of its practice in your spiritual development already. Don’t worry…it is not some odd, worldly practice. It actually helps develop what comes down to the spiritual disciplines and traits that help us to be loving, giving, fruit-bearing people.

It is sometimes translated as discipline and instruction and helps us strike that balance between law and spirit, and in observance and character.

It is the discipline of consistent personal character refinement. Our greatest Mussar Master, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), taught us how we should bear good fruit as a demonstration of the Spirit operating in our lives and our love for God being lived out from day to day.

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The book we will be using for the current study is Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis which you can purchase here.

What is Mussar?

The word “Mussarappears in the Bible 51 times, with over half of them in the book of Proverbs.

The basic premise behind this centuries-old practice is that it is not enough to learn that it is important to show loving-kindness to another person or to learn that patience is a virtue. That “head” knowledge does not give you the traits of loving-kindness or patience. Learning ABOUT kindness does not make us more kind. Learning about patience does not make us more patient.

But working on our “spiritual curriculum” and working through this with others while you share your stories and your own difficulties not only helps you come together as a community but it helps you to strengthen those traits in yourself AND in others.

Sarah Friedson says “What I am calling your curriculum shows up most clearly in issues that repeatedly challenge you. I’m talking about the behaviors that dunk you in the same soup, time and time again.”

For Christians who have a longing to follow the Torah or at least the principles of Torah, Mussar is the perfect practice because it allows you to develop the traits that really exhibit the living out of Torah in your life on a day to day basis while having it written on your heart rather than trying to follow the letter of the law.

Each trait that we study allows you to grow deeper toward living a life of faith, love for others, and obedience to God and His Word, as well as striking balance in your life. For instance, humility is a trait we study. But too much humility is just as harmful as too little.

You find the traits that you struggle with the most and know those are part of your curriculum and you also learn, through our discussions, that you are not alone.

Mussar with Diane is hands down one of the best discipleship groups I’ve been a part of. I love how Diane helps us get to the heart of the matters we study, so it’s never just surface work; it’s discipleship and study that actually changes the way we live. The conversations are honest and transparent; two things I greatly value in discipleship. I can’t recommend this group enough!
– Alonda Tanner 

So How Does One Practice Mussar?

We work on this together in a group.

I select a book that I feel we could all benefit from and work well in together and each week we read a chapter and come together on a Zoom call (right now these are scheduled for Thursdays at 7 PM Eastern beginning February 3, 2022) to discuss and share.

I can tell you that this is a really amazing discussion and those who participate in Mussar have stated it is one of the best studies they have ever participated in!

Since this is a typically Jewish practice that I am “tweaking” for all believers, I would select a book that ALL people participating would feel comfortable working in.

And if you want to learn more about my qualifications, check out my About Worth Beyond Rubies page.

The book we will be using for the current study is Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis which you can purchase here.

So join us as we cultivate spiritual discipline in our lives together, encouraging one another in the Lord.