Why Our Souls Matter - Kris Vallotton

May 7, 2018

I know so many Christians spend their lives working on “not living by the flesh.” We take care of our spirits, and some may even take good care of their bodies, but our souls are often the most neglected parts of our beings. Our souls are where our metaphorical hearts live. I am fully convinced that our hearts (souls) know things that our bodies and spirits are completely unaware of. The heart feels its way through life and is sensitive to emotions. It is the home where things like love, passion and mercy live.

I think the neglect of our souls is rooted in a distorted perception of our flesh, but the thing we’re missing is that when we were saved we became new creations. You are a new creation! That means that all of you became new. Not just your spirit, but your soul included.

If we spend our lives trying to ignore our souls or “flesh” for the sake of our spirits, we actually have it backwards! Check out today’s Monday Motivation video to hear more about why our souls matter:

Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul

In a nutshell:

  • God wants us to be whole tri-dimensionally—body, soul and spirit.
  • “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers.” (3 John:1-2) Prosperity and health are directly related to the soul. Furthermore, the soul is the foundation of all prosperity.
  • We’re all supposed to be spirit-lead, and our spirit should lead our soul and body into health.
  • Context dictates definition. Therefore, we can’t just say “all flesh is bad.” Our old man (flesh) is dead, but our new flesh is alive in God.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us we are new creations, not just new spirits! For Christians, your soul, spirit and body are now new in God.
  • The level that you allow God to love you, and you love yourself, is the level that you’ll love those around you.
  • If we want to live a prosperous life, it’s important that we value ourselves.

Takeaway for the Week

So today I want to encourage you with this thought: Your soul matters to God, so it should matter to you. How can you take one active step this week towards a prosperous life by taking good care of your soul? Maybe it’s taking some time to journal about the season you’re in? Or perhaps your soul needs some quality time with good friends? Whatever it is, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Give yourself a heart check-up today and listen to what your soul is telling you it needs.

If you’re going to love the Lord “…with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5), then you have to have value for your soul. If we’re going love others well, and let compassion and mercy flow from our hearts, our souls must first be in good health. This week, I pray that your soul will boast in the Lord, and prosper as a foundation for your well being! I bless your soul to be lead well by your Spirit today, I bless it with peace in every situation that may come your way, and I bless it to boast in the Lord’s goodness!

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