Thursday, February 3, 2011

Where is the Love? Part 5 by LaShawn Sithole (Sit OH' lay)

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Our main verse comes from Matthew 22:37- 39. Jesus replied, “You must love The Lord Your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself." (The Living Bible)

TODAY’S FOCUS: 
HOW DO WE LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR SOUL?

Okay, anyone who knows me well, knows that I really love research.  It’s one of the things that I really enjoy doing.  So, yes, I did break out the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to look deeply into the word ‘soul.’

The word for soul in the Hebrew is nephesh (neh’ fesh) and in the Greek it is pneuma (pnyoo’ mah) and both mean breath, life and spirit.
                                                                                                            
Since we are made in the image of God, Who is a Spirit, we are also all spiritual beings living in fleshly bodies.  Our souls are what survive death which is why accepting Jesus as your own Savior matters so much. Your soul will live on, but where?

Simply put, we are according to Joyce Meyer, “We are a spirit. We have a soul and we live in our bodies.” So, we are to love God, who by His Breath gives life to our spirit. Without Him we cannot exist. We’d have no breath without His Faithfulness.

Equally important to know is the fact that soul winning is very important to God. Look at James 5:20: “let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul  from death and cover a multitude of sins.” How about that?

This is why our job as soul winners is so important.  The directions that our spirit follow here on earth determine our spiritual placement in eternity.

We have just looked closely at the importance of our relationship to God. Since we are all here on earth to help one another I shall borrow a line from my culture, “Let’s not be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good!”

That means we can’t be so wrapped up in ‘church traditions and church politics that we can’t relate to the people who need Jesus. In fact, the outcast was not an outcast where Jesus was concerned. He met people where they were and we are to do the same.


Please stay tuned for the final 2 installments of this series. The next one will look at how we are to love our neighbor.


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