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8/26/15 – Part 1: What is your soul?

Published: Tuesday, 25 August 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Note: This is Part 1 of a six part series on the soul of Jesus and the your soul.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Thessalonians 5:23

The soul is not a physical attribute of the body.  It is what defines your personality.  The soul consumes huge volumes of information as we grow from a baby to adulthood.  Our soul collects facts that eventually determine our behavior.  Our behavior has a tremendous impact on our relationships with others and God.  The soul consists of the way we think and reason; the way we react emotionally to situations, and how we choose to live our life. 

The soul is frequently considered as your personality.  The soul carries the image of our consciousness, memories, and dreams.  Our desires and wants are collected in our souls.  From this information, we develop our life purpose, our goals, and a picture of how we see ourselves.  You can summarize all of the aspects of your soul by saying that the soul is what makes you different and unique from other human beings.

 

At birth, our soul begins to form its identity.  As we age through childhood and adolescence, our soul or personality becomes more defined.  It does this because we all make decisions about the world around us.  When a child is deprived of a basic human need, that child will develop a defense mechanism to protect themselves mentally and emotionally.  Those defense mechanisms begin to shape our personalities that carry over into adulthood.  You can refer to someone as a “quiet, introverted” person that is a result of some events that occurred in childhood or adolescence. 

You choose your friends based on their personality.  Of course, physical appearance plays an early role in friendship.  However, a deeper relationship will be determined by the personalities (souls) of the people involved.  If a person has a short temper, many of us would find it difficult to get close to such a person. 

Interestingly, because we are human beings with a natural selfishness built into our souls, we usually look for how another person makes us feel as opposed to focusing on the needs of others.  This is the motivating force behind the need to make friends.  We need someone else to continually validate who we are as a human being.  Our soul is at the center of this need.

Biblically speaking, God knows that we are basically selfish (sinners).  He puts a huge amount of effort in trying to get us to see who we really are and who we should be as Christians.  However, to change one’s personality is very difficult in today’s modern world where self is highly regarded and considered as having no problems.  In summary, your soul is made up of your mind, emotions, and will.  Your mind lets others know how you think and reason.  Your emotions show how you react to given situations.  Your will reveals the internal decisions that you make and say “this is who I really am…like it or leave me alone!”

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