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Scripture Reflection

“May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  ~ 1 Thes. 5:23b

spirit-soul-bodyLast week we looked about body, soul and spirit in light of life balance. This week we will look at it again in light of our core fears.

Everything we do impacts our body, soul and spirit.  Today we will summarize the role of each part of our tripartite nature and how they relate to this week’s lesson plan.

Soul

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Matt 16:26

Our soul is made up of our conscious and our subconscious mind, our emotions and our will. It gives us our personality.  This is where the battle rages. It’s where we experience the anxiety, doubts and fears which in turn manifest in our bodies as excess weight and illness, that is also where we experience freedom.

Our soul seeks peace and balance. When any one aspect of our lives are out of balance, it impacts all of the other aspects. Sometimes our souls can feel restless but we just can’t put our finger on what it is, we just know that something is off kilter.

The bible teaches us that nothing is worth compromising our soul. Seeking wealth, power, status is a sure fire means to destruction. God promises us his gift of peace. As we seek Him, we can cultivate this amazing gift He has for us.

This week’s life balance assessment was an opportunity for you to assess the health of your body, soul and spirit.

Body

fear reeks havoc on your body.

“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function” 

~ Rom. 12:4

Our body is just an outer shell but it houses the temple of the living God – it is your physical being. In his infinite wisdom, God has created our bodies to operate in harmony with our souls and our spirits. When you live a balanced life,  can make the time to for exercise and healthy eating, you understand your priorities and you experience better overall health. Balanced living means healthy living. 

The bible shows us the importance and value of each body part. Think of how that same analogy applies to the various aspects of our life. It would be negligent of us to ignore one body part just as it would be negligent of us to ignore one aspect of our life. They all work together in beautiful harmony. Living out of balance created a lot of stress in our lives. Anxiety about money, poor relationships, mental stress and poor health all take a toll on our physical bodies

Spirit

He knows better than anyone the trials, circumstances, and people that wear you down. And he knows that you need time to be refreshed by him. Often, we seek rest and renewal from people and entertainment. Our friends, family, and entertainment can be great sources of fun and rest to be sure, but the only consistent and true source of renewal we have is spending time with our heavenly Father. Only he knows to the full extent what you need. And only he can give it to you.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matt 6:33

At our core is our spirit, it is the part of us that connects with God. This is our contact point with God where our spirit communicates with His. Paul says, “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father’ it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Only when we align our spirits with our Heavenly Father’s, will we ever be successful in anything we do.

As you assess your life balance you will understand the areas of your life that might be taking you out of balance. God wants us to seek Him first and when we do, He will help us to strengthen the weak areas of our lives. Remember, it’s not our responsibility to fix ourselves or always be analyzing every fault and flaw in ourselves. God call us to enter into His presence and that’s where He will give us exactly what we need.

Share in a couple of sentences how living a balanced life impacts your body, soul and spirit.

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