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9/30/15 – Part 6 of 6: A Believer must care for his/her soul

Published: Tuesday, 29 September 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?  Mark 8:36-37

Soul comes from the Greek word “psuche”.  You can see its closeness to our word “psyche”.  It means the “breath of life.”  A worldly definition that I favor is the following: psyche - the human soul, mind, or spirit. The soul could also be called your personality.  A personality is a description of a person in how they think, feel, make decisions, their values, and so on.  In other words, the soul of a person consists of their rational thinking, their emotional reactions, and their use of their will to make decisions.

Regrettably, our soul becomes very rigid as we age.  If it is too rigid, we will become obstinate toward God and will not allow His Holy Spirit to guide us on needed changes in our life to become more Christ-like.  This will cause problems in our relationship with God and with others. 

 

When we first meet someone, we begin to judge whether we can like this person or not based only on their physical appearance.  As we get to know a person, our soul will give us information to help us in our decision to like or not like that person.  Our soul will evaluate how they express themselves. We can see how they react to difficult situations. We can hear the words they use, and judge whether they are edifying or tearing down others.  Our souls will give information to our will to make decisions on how close do I want to be to that person.  All of this causes disruptions in our relationship with others.  It short-circuits any of God’s plans for you to minister to that person.  You would be living in the flesh and not in the Spirit.

Remember that your soul is collecting information your entire life.  If you indulge your flesh by seeing certain unwholesome movies, TV shows, magazines, or books, you will have put those images into your soul.  People who watch News programs on a daily basis can easily become depressed to the point of being a cynic of life.  This is not the attitude for a Believer to exhibit to anyone else.  You must take care of what can take control of your soul.

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Matthew 22:37

I hope you begin to see clearly the soul that is within you is extremely important to who you are as a Believer.  Jesus uses our soul to describe how much we are to love God.  We are to love Him with all of our soul.  With this kind of love in your soul, you will not be giving the flesh in you the opportunity to control who you are.  I pray that you have been spiritually enlightened with the importance of your soul.  I hope you see the need in your life to become more Christ-like in all that you do.  This is sometimes referred to as, “Walk your talk!”  In other words, be genuine and transparent with your personality so that others will see Jesus in you.  In this way, your witness to others will be how you live through your personality or soul.

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