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Soul Care: the healing of the soul

30 March 2010 2 Comments

A bit over a week ago I wrote an introducing article on “the healing of the heart“, as that’s something that we all need! In some way or another, at a certain time and place in our lives, we have all been inflicted emotional wounds that are not setting us free to love, understand and forgive others, as we would want to be loved, understood and forgiven.

These wounds in the heart, if not properly cured and brought through the healing process, can actually become worse, bringing disastrous consequences even to our physical health! Science has recognized that some heart attacks are caused by what is scientifically called the “broken heart syndrome and that it’s actually possible to die of a broken heart, so it’s extremely important that we do not procrastinate in taking care of this problem and that we try to achieve what has been named “the healing of a broken heart“!

Having identified the greatest expert and authority on the matter, the “Wonderful Counselor” (Isaiah 9:5), who was sent “to heal the brokenhearted”, and to “set at liberty them that are bruised” ((Luke 4:18), we then must ask ourselves …

Question: Why is it that many of us Christians, although we believe in Jesus and have Him in our hearts, still have a broken heart that needs to be healed?

The answer can be found in God’s Word, where we are told that our whole being is made of spirit and soul and body, and that all of these need to be preserved entire (healthy):

“May the God of peace sanctify your whole being; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23).

Most people know how to take care of their body, and everyone makes sure to feed it well and try to keep it as healthy as possible, if they can, but not many people know how to take care of their soul and spirit, much less understand the difference between these important elements of our inner being. Yet, the word of God makes a clear definite distinction between the soul and the spirit; in fact, it separates them from each other:

“The word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Question: What’s therefore the difference between the soul and the spirit?

The spirit is the most intimate part of our inner being that Jesus said “must be born again”, as he explained to a religious man of His days: “that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). From the moment that we are born again, we should learn to take care of our spirit and keep it healthy, by faithfully feeding it with the Word of God and with an intimate communion with our Creator. It’s in that area of our inner being that “The Spirit itself bears witness to our spirit …” (Romans 8:16)

The soul is the conscious part of our inner self that became alive when “the Lord breathed into our nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). Our soul is therefore independent from our spirit, being made of our will (“self”), where we exercise our majesty of choice, through the processing of our thoughts (mind) and emotions (heart).

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Although, being “born of the spirit”, we are saved spiritually, it’s in our soul that we continue to feel the sufferings of the hurts that we’ve received, and it’s there that we need to be healed. The soul is where our free will can choose whether to live in the bondage of bitterness or walk away from it, through the power of forgiveness and of a healing process.

Jesus has come to bring redemption to our whole being, and we will be fully restored and made whole, when:

  • our spirit is saved (being “born again” through salvation);
  • our soul will be healed (through the healing process of our daily choices);
  • our body will be resurrected (in the “day of resurrection” or at the “rapture”).

In the coming days we will learn to carefully recognize “the symptoms of a broken heart” and will continue on this series of reflections to understand how to start moving through a healing process for our soul. If you don’t want to miss it, make sure that you come back and visit this site to partake of the healing of your broken heart.

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2 Comments »

  • Healing Broken Hearts » Blog Archive » Meet the Soul Doctor! said:

    […] that our spirit was saved until the day when our body will be resurrected, there’s a process of healing for our soul that will equip us to be “thoroughly furnished” (2 Tim. 3:17) for the eternal heavenly home […]

  • Renato Amato » Blog Archive » Soul Care: Meet the Soul Doctor! said:

    […] that our spirit was saved until the day when our body will be resurrected, there’s a process of healing for our soul that will equip us to be “thoroughly furnished” (2 Tim. 3:17) for the eternal heavenly home […]