BIBLE READING: NEHEMIAH 8:10; GALATIANS 5:22-23; EZEKIEL 3:14
“Joyfully you will draw water from the Springs of Deliverance.” Isaiah 12:3 (NET).
One of the characteristics of man according to God’s Divine Blueprint is that he is a social being with emotions. Man is in essence a tripartite being i.e., he is a spirit with a soul living within a body (see 2 Cor.4:7). There is a reason people normally act the way they do and this is primarily from the soul, not necessarily from the spirit.
The soul of man is also tripartite in itself i.e., having three dimensions:
- The mind: This refers to the thinking faculty and seat of reason. In other words, the mind is man’s thinker (see Isa.26:3).
- The will: This refers to the decision making faculty and seat of choice. In other words, the will is man’s chooser (see Phil.2:13).
- The emotions: This refers to the sentimental faculty and seat of feelings. In other words, the emotion is man’s feeler (see Ex.32:19).
This third part is the source of the varying spectrum of emotions we experience as human beings. Toxic emotions such as anger, envy, lust, etc., come from the soul of a man still in the flesh (see Gal.5:19-21).
As earlier stated, man is a social being who is designed for interaction and emotional bonding. Wholesome emotions are cultivated under the influence of the Spirit, hence the need for true believers to switch over to Spirit controlled emotions (see Gal.5:22-23). Generating an atmosphere of God’s Presence is what powers the Fruit of the Spirit which in turn overwhelms negative emotions.
One major difference between the spirit and the soul is that the former is the seat of one’s identity while the latter is the seat of one’s personality. That is to say, you are a person because you have a soul.
Becoming a better person requires submitting your emotions to the dictates of the Spirit. Remember that “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of Power and of Love and of a sound mind” (2Tim.1:7 NKJV).
Father in Heaven, we honour You for all You are to us. Please help us subdue and refine our emotions by the Power of the Spirit in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.