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UNDERSTANDING THE SOUL


INTRODUCTION:

It is very important to know this part of the human being that we call the soul, because the soul is one of the most important parts of the human being. And if you don't understand this spiritual part of being human, you might have a hard time understanding our human being how it works spiritually.


Here are some questions that we will develop about the soul in this topic:

WHAT IS THE SOUL?

THE SYNONYMS OF THE SOUL IN THE BIBLE

SEVEN TRUTHS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOUL

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A LIVING SOUL

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A GOOD SOUL?

HOW OUR SOUL SPEAKS TO US?

THE MISSION OF THE SOUL

HOW TO SEE THE SOULS OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE WITH YOU?

CAN OUR SOUL LEAVE THE BODY?

SOME EXPERIENCES THAT CAN PUSH YOUR SOUL OUT OF THE BODY:WHERE DOES THE SOUL GO AFTER DEATH?

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL?

HOW TO HAVE PEACE OF SOUL?


WHAT IS THE SOUL? ( DEFINITION OF SOUL )

Etymologically the word THE SOUL (from the Latin anima, “breath, respiration” is the main vital and spiritual element which animates the body of a living being (human, animal or even plant). Traditionally, the word “soul” generally refers to the living being.


THE SYNONYMS OF THE SOUL IN THE BIBLE

The heart and the inner man


SEVEN TRUTHS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOUL

Here is the list of seven truths to know yourself


1.BREATHING (RESPIRATORY)

The breath we breathe is the effect of the existence of our soul. The breath we breathe is the effect of the existence of our soul. This is why breathing is the sign that a living being who is alive


2.THE LIVING BEING:

What makes a living being alive is the presence of the soul.


3.THE MAIN VITAL AND SPIRITUAL ELEMENT

The soul is the main vital and spiritual element of the human being, it practically plays the role of animating the body of living beings (humans, animals or even plants).


4.THE EMOTIONAL MAN

in other languages ​​The soul also called the emotional man, because it represents the sensitive, sentimental and emotional part of man or the human being.


5.THE INNER MAN

The soul is the middle part of the human which creates the link between the body and the mind, it is the most important part of the man because it is the real you. This is what the Bible calls the inner man.


6.CENTER OF FEELINGS, EMOTIONS AND WILL

It is the seat and center of all the feelings, emotions and desires you give off every day. It is from your soul that all good or bad desires are born, for example: sleeping, eating, drinking, killing, crying, laughing, loving etc...


NB: The soul is the seat of affections, desires, emotions and of human will.

(Matthew 11.29 and 26.38, John 12.27.) The type of desire that you release every day, bad or good desire, depends on the state of your soul. If your soul is led by the Spirit of God, it will guide you to the right desire. But if your soul is controlled by the devil, he will produce only evil desires in order to arouse God's wrath against you.


7.IMMORTAL PART OF THE HUMAN BEING

The Bible teaches us that each soul is created by God according to His image and likeness; it is not produced by the parents; And that he is immortal in the same way that God is immortal, that he does not perish when separated from the body in physical death, and according to the Bible, he will be united with the body again in the final resurrection deaths.


NB: The soul is the seat of affections, desires, emotions and of human will.

(Matthew 11.29 and 26.38, John 12.27.)


At the time of physical death, the soul is not destroyed by the power of death but continues to live an endless existence in eternity because it is immortal.


The Bible says in 1 Tim 1:17.

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.


HEBREWS 4:12

For the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the point of dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; she judges the feelings and thoughts of the heart.


PSALM 116:7

Yes, my soul, trust in God! For from him comes my hope.


PSALM 42:5

Why do you despair, my soul, and agitated within me?

Hope in God, for I will still praise him; He is my salvation and my God.


PSALM 143:3,4

The enemy pursues my soul, He tramples my life; He makes me dwell in darkness, Like those who are long dead.


MATTHEW 26:38

Then he said to them: My soul is sad even to death; stay here and

watch with me.


EZEKIEL 18:4

Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the son as well as the soul of the father, both are mine; the soul that sins is the one that will die.


THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A LIVING SOUL

She is nutritious, She is sensitive, She moves, She sees, She speaks and She smells. She has the capacity to experience pleasure and pain; She is intelligent.


HOW OUR SOUL SPEAKS TO US?

How does our soul communicate its thoughts and feelings to us? We must understand that it is in this inner space that the answers to all our questions emerge. Our soul communicates with us in the form of thoughts and feelings. For her, it is the best way to express herself in the face of a danger or a question.


Your soul can communicate with you, the soul can be in contact with the spiritual and brings us messages in the form of visions and dreams, makes us feel the presence of God when he is all around us.


THE MISSION OF THE SOUL:

The mission of each soul is often considered the ultimate goal of our existence on earth. This is the most important work we are meant to do on earth before returning to eternity. It is based on our values, our passions, our natural talents and our vocation.


HOW TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE A GOOD SOUL?

Signs to easily recognize it:

1. By the type of thoughts and desires you produce each day.

2. Those around you envy you even if you are not financially rich.

3. You have the ability to accept yourself, including your little flaws

4. You feel a sense of inner peace and joy within you.

5.You show empathy towards the suffering of others.


HOW TO SEE THE SOULS OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE WITH YOU?

The simplest way to see the soul of people is to understand their human qualities. These qualities include wisdom, compassion towards others, patience and selflessness, etc. Good human qualities are generally the foundation of a good soul.


CAN OUR SOUL LEAVE THE BODY?

The soul of man can leave the body for many physical or spiritual reasons, but it must return within a short time. If not reintegrated into the body as soon as possible, the person may experience physical death.


HERE ARE SOME EXPERIENCES THAT CAN PUSH YOUR SOUL OUT OF THE BODY:

Out-of-body experiences of the soul can occur during head trauma, near-death experiences, when taking psychotropic or other medications, and often also during sleeping time and physical death.For Christians, this is also done involuntarily by divine will during moments of ecstasy in prayer. And for Satanists intentionally through evil invocations (astral travel) and this is categorically forbidden by God in his word.


WHERE DOES THE SOUL GO AFTER DEATH?

Once the soul has left the body through death, it can no longer return to live in your body, unless there is a miracle of resurrection. Well according to the Bible, it will be found either in Hades  (the place of torment) or either in the sanctuary of Abraham (the place of rest) to await the last judgment, This waiting period is called the transition period.


This transition period often depends on the life each person has led underground. Once the judgment is pronounced by God, the soul can go to heaven or hell, but sometimes for some reason it can be sent to another evil world to serve as an exclave for the demon and other evil people . , until she truly finds peace or death.


NB: Hades (the place of torment) which also refers to the kingdom of darkness against which Christians must fight (Ephesians 6:12). it is also called The Depths of Satan which refers to “the hell of the dead”, a word taken from the Hebrew “Sheol” and the Greek “Hades”. It is a place of temporary suffering for all wicked men.


LUC 16:22-31

The poor man died, and the angels carried him to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and was buried. 23In hell he lifted up his eyes; and while he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24He cried out, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I suffer cruelly in this flame. 25Abraham answered, My child, remember that in your life you received your good things, and in his life Lazarus had evils; now he is here comforted, and you are suffering. 26Moreover, between us and you there is a great gulf, so that those who would pass from here to you, or from there to us, cannot do so. 27The rich man said, I pray thee therefore, father Abraham, to send Lazarus to my father's house; 28for I have five brothers. This is so that he may testify these things to them, so that they also do not come to this place of torment. 29Abraham answered, They have Moses and the prophets; let them listen to them. 30And he said, No, father Abraham, but if any of the dead come to them, they will repent. 31And Abraham said to him, If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded, even if one from the dead should rise again.


HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL?

Taking care of one's soul involves cultivating the life of prayer and speech every day of one's life, respecting one's conscience, regularly spending time in the presence of God through meditation on the word of God and prayer, express love to others and practice God's Word daily.


HOW TO HAVE PEACE OF SOUL?

To have inner peace, it is essential to calm our mind.

For this, the ideal is to have an intimate relationship with God, who helps us to face everyday life better, with a more relaxed mind. You should therefore make it a habit to dedicate part of the day to God for meditation and prayer.


MATTHEW 11:29

Take my yoke upon you and become my disciples, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.


MATTHEW 10:28

Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; Rather, fear him who is able to destroy soul and body in hell.


MATTHEW 22:37-38

Jesus answered him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great, the first commandment.


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