Body, Soul And Spirit

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Distinguishing between body, soul and spirit

Let’s begin distinguishing between body, soul and spirit with a few key references. The body is sometimes referred to as strength, soul, the mind and spirit, the heart. These terms are used interchangeably. The word heart is used frequently in the Bible and usually refers to your spirit, the innermost part of who you are, truly the essence of body and soul.

Genesis 2:7 states that Man was created as a living soul. The soul consists of the mind (which includes the conscience), the will and the emotions. The soul and the spirit are intriguingly bound together and it is often referred to in scriptures as the “heart.”

A scripture in the book of Proverbs declares, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Prov. 4:23 NASB).

Dt 6:5 speaks of loving the LORD with all you are, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

Dt 10:12 “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.”

Joshua 22:5 “But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you; to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.”

There are countless scriptures that tell us how our body, soul and spirit interact. Scriptures that teach us how our spirit is the essence of who we are, more than just our personality, but the deepest, most inner you.


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