When we consider salvation, we often think in terms of the spiritual component of our beings. It is true that our spirits are the eternal part of who we are. As such this has often led many Christians to place importance on only that aspect at the neglect of the other parts of our lives. However, the Apostle Paul insightfully encourages us in 1 Thessalonian 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We are admonished to not only have our spiritual nature preserved and whole but also our soul and body. The body obviously is our physical make up. We need to ensure that we care for our bodies as temples of the Holy Ghost, belonging to God. We must not abuse our bodies with substances such as nicotine and other drugs but also with unhealthy habits such as lack of sleep and unhealthy diets, etc.
We must also not neglect our soul-ish functions such as our emotions, mind and will. There are many believers who have experienced a spiritual awakening, and have done so for some time, yet their emotional maturity may have not been developed. This is the reason why many Christians struggle in their journey and are the cause of others being hurt and offended – because their emotional immaturity makes them incapable of treating others with kindness and respect. There are some who may have been in church for a long time but due to un-dealt issues of insecurity, fear of rejection, resentment or whatever emotional debilitation, continue to struggle with their sense of contentment and affect others.
Hebrews 12:15 tells us: “….lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Take action in every aspect of your being to find wholeness, or maturity, in Christ and in spirit, soul and body.
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.