The Care of the Soul   3 comments

1 Peter 2, 11

1.  We are only sojourners & pilgrims here.  For a while we tabernacle here, but this is not our permanent abode.  Our care must be to further ourselves spiritually.  Conduct here relates to this & the future life.

2.  The soul is of supreme importance.  This is man’s glory over the lower animals.  Morals determine destiny.  “The soul,” not “the flesh,” is of greatest worth.

3.  There certainly are “lusts”–desires that war against the soul.  It is a fact of revelation & everyday experience–see 1 Jno. 2, 13-17.  We must be open-eyed here.  We have enemies and must be on our guard lest they harm us.

4.  Our lives should be wrought out carefully for the good of the soul.  Every tendency that is away from God should not be allowed.

In all bodily exercise and mental conquest all that hinders the soul’s highest development must be outlawed; the direct conquest of the vices of the heart is supremely urgent.

5.  Do it also for the sake of your influence (v. 12).  Else you will be a stumbling block.  Live so that God can boast of you to the devil himself–Job 1, 8 & 2, 3.


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