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Heart and Soul

Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.144 – Heart and Soul

 

Proverbs 13: King James Bible

Heart and Soul – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verses 2-3


2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Heart and Soul


Here’s a couple of verses out of many we can find in the book of Proverbs, that have to do with what comes out of our mouths. Here we are at chapter 13, and we’ve covered this (albeit from several different angles), many times.

However, in verse 2, we see something amazing that is not mentioned in previous chapters. What we’ve witnessed before, is the relationship between the heart and the mouth. That meaning, you can tell someone’s heart condition, by the words being spoken by a person. Particularly during times of some sort of distress.

Above, it’s not a relationship between the heart and the mouth, but instead, the soul and the mouth. For a piece of interesting trivia, the words “heart,” and “soul,” share the same verses 40 times from Genesis to Revelation. If you can find more, please let me know.

For those of you who observe meanings of different numbers, it goes without saying that 40 is extremely significant Biblically. For a few quick examples, It rained forty days and forty nights, Jesus was tempted forty days and nights, the people of Israel ate manna while they wandered forty years in the wilderness, Moses was on the mount with the Lord forty days and forty nights as he dealt with the commandments, the Lord left Israel in the hand of the Philistines for forty years; on and on we could go.

It is a popular understanding that the number forty represents, or is symbolic for a period of trial or testing. Even a time of  probation. Taking a good look at the examples above, it’s not too far of a stretch to see why that would be.

In my view, this makes perfect sense, considering that the Lord weighs and tests the heart of man. And we all are here temporarily, right? We’re here for a period of time, then we pass on to where we’ve made the decision to go. To Christ Jesus for those who have been Born Again, and to the pit for those who have decided not to call upon the Lord for Salvation.

Having said that, knowing that they are placed together so often in dozens of occurrences (including being done so by the Lord Jesus himself), I believe that it’s worthwhile to explore the possibility, that they are closely related. Though closely related, I would not go so far as considering them synonymous by any means.

But there is an obvious relationship between the soul and the heart, that work together to construct your inner workings. It just may be, that whatever is going on with your soul, stirs the heart, producing the words that come out of your mouth, be it good or bad.

Related New Testament Scripture


Matthew 22: King James Bible

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

1 Peter 1: King James Bible

22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Mark 12: King James Bible

33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Prayer


Father,

We choose you above all. We’ve called upon the name of your Son, Christ Jesus. We’ve received a spirit born anew through you, and have received your Holy Ghost as well. Teach us Father, how these things work harmoniously, and increase our understanding, concerning the deep things of you. You are beyond fully finding out, because there is just so much to find out, that we’ll never have the time to search all of your riches, and all of the depths of you. We’d just like to thank you for all that you’ve done for us Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray.

Amen

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2 thoughts on “Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.144 – Heart and Soul

  1. Hi Brian,
    How would you compare the soul with the flesh? Is the flesh purely just our physical body? And is the soul purely our personality? Or course, everything is connected and influences the other. Just trying to sort it out.
    Ann

    • Hi there Ann,
      The most simple way I’ve come to understand it, is the following…
      We are spirit beings, clothed in a soul, and housed in a body. The tug of war that we see play out (particularly in the book of Romans), is between the spirit and the flesh.

      This is my opinion, but the way I see it, the soul can be influenced by either. Cleansed through the Spirit, breaching out to take effect of the flesh. Or stained by the flesh, quenching out the connection between us and the Father, and turning the soul into something akin to a clogged filter.

      We are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb from the inside out. We’re stained by the world and sin from the outside in. Should we give the flesh power over the spirit, the soul is made corrupt. But should we live and move through the spirit, by the lead of the Holy Spirit, and continue to be made clean by the washing of the Word, our soul is made clean as well, and becomes more able to be used by the Holy Ghost.

      That is one of many reasons we’re told all over the New Testament, to crucify the flesh. God is spirit, and we must worship him in spirit and in truth. There is only one barrier that imposes itself concerning that in the lives of a believer, and that is the flesh.
      I hope that helps out some.
      Thank you for your comment and question, and may you be blessed by the lord in Jesus name!
      In Christ,
      Brian

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