About two nights ago, while I was in deep communion with the Lord during my private praise and worship time, inspiration from the Spirit (that gift of words that are like stringed gems), came flooding my mind. After singing praises to the Lord, I got my journal and wrote down the words.
During those moments of private worship, when peace floods the soul and joy and warmth spread to all corners of the heart, the Spirit whispers and gives the inspiration and wisdom on what to write.
The soul is made to connect. When God breathed into our nostrils the breath of life, we became living souls (Gen. 2:7). The soul was given to be nourished and not left alone and neglected. The soul hungers (Ps. 107:9) and what do we do to feed it?
The soul is made to reach out, to hold. But often, we draw back, we withdraw, we don’t reach out a hand. The soul wants to forgive , to induce healing and start the free-flowing of it, but the heart is sometimes obstinate.
During my time of worship, it came to mind that we put too much stress on the soul, without our even realizing it. Most of the time, we listen to our hearts: what it urges us to do, what it desires, what it wants to be fulfilled. That’s alright if our hearts are filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit, otherwise, what does the Bible say?
The HEART IS DECEITFUL above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer. 17:9, emphasis added)
Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the heart can deceive us. How many times has it done that to us? We cannot count. The heart decides and acts on emotions. In moments of provocations, without a silent prayer prayed before we open the mouth, the heart pours out its contents.
…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (Matt. 12:34)
Sometimes, these are words that wound deep, not only to their recipient, but to their source as well. Wounds in the soul that are not seen, but heavily felt.
Without the Holy Spirit dwelling in the heart, these things will dwell there:
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness [lies, gossip], blasphemies. (Matt. 15:19, brackets mine)
Often, we have centered our attention to the heart, feeding its desires and lusts, to the detriment of the soul. Isn’t in this way that temptations enter, lust is conceived, sin is committed, and death now lurks (James 1: 14, 15)? For the heart is deceitful and is easily deceived. We listen to its urgings, make the step to act on them, while the soul cries out, “Stop! Don’t do it!” But have we listened? Most often, it had been too late to do so.
This is why we ail, why we have physical, mental, and emotional torments – because the soul is wounded and is weary.
But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn. (Job 14:22)
Indeed, the soul grieves. For we often do not do those things that it desires.
- It wants to speak softly and gently even when hurt or provoked, but the heart wants to hurt back and be satisfied, and the soul keeps silent.
- It gently warns us to walk away from temptation, but the heart turns a deaf ear.
- It wants to put a stop to all the reliving and replaying of hurts, and just let forgiveness, healing, and love flow. It cries out, “Enough already!” But the heart sometimes want to wallow in all the pains, resentment, and self-pity, or worse, in the pleasure of sin. The heart wants us to feed its never-fully-satiated pride and lusts. But the Apostle Peter beseeches us to:
“…abstain from fleshly lusts, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL.” (1 Pet. 2:11, emphasis added)
Kindness, gentleness, holiness, forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, love are the words that make up the language of the soul. Oh, how the soul hungers for these!
Let us give attention to the soul and strive to deeply understand its language. Let us take the hand of the Shepherd, and let Him lead us to green pastures that spiritually nourish and satiate, and beside still waters that renew our minds, purify our hearts, and restore our weary souls.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
HE RESTORETH MY SOUL: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
(Psalm 23: 1-3, emphasis added)
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for restoring our souls.
Photo: Our hands (my husband’s and mine).