S71P5 – What God heals: the soul

Jam. 1:19-21

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore, put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

From the earliest she could remember, people referred to her as a kind soul.  She was an obedient child who loved to help others.  Her parents had no problems with her.  Her teachers had no problems with her.  Her peers had no problems with her.  As she grew up she would be drawn to nursing as a profession because she wanted to take care of others. Although she never let the accolades go to her head, she definitely agreed that she had a kind soul.  This is why salvation was so difficult for her to contemplate.  She thought she was the last person who was in need of having her soul restored or repaired.  In her mind, she already possessed all the love, goodness, and generosity she needed and could not see what she ever lacked.

The healing of the soul is unique among our needs in that it does not depend on us or our experiences.  We all are born lost and in need of our souls being found.  The soul is the innermost being, it is our essence and is the eternal part of us.  Eternity indeed awaits the soul which has been found.  We may think it unfair that this condition is outside our control, but the truth is that this is our decision to make.  We cannot choose our initial fallen state, but we certainly can choose whether we allow God to restore these broken souls.  We must acknowledge the damage with which we are born before we can have any hope of that damage being healed.  We cannot bridge the gap if we deny it exists.

The damage to our souls is the separation from our creator resulting from the fall.  Mankind once enjoyed fellowship with God naturally in the garden, but losing the connection to God in the garden was like losing the soul’s lifeline.  Until the damage is healed, we are simply on life support.  The Father is sitting by our bedsides waiting for our souls to awaken, for their eyes to open into consciousness.  The healing of the soul is really our restoration to life.  Without it, we are relegated to staying lost without the Father.  Let us pursue how we can help lead souls to their healing.  Father, thank You for making a way of restoring us to You and providing eternity for our souls with You.