“Work at living in peace with
everyone, and work at living a holy
life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews 12:15-16
“Our soul is like a stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every area of our life.
When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and
exuberant in all we do, because our
soul itself is then rooted in the
vastness of God and His kingdom,
including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream. Therefore we are in
harmony with God, reality, and the
rest of human nature and nature at
large.” (Dallas Willard)
The scriptures we have been looking
at in the Sermon on the Mount is all about living at peace with God and human nature. It is about soul care.
The entire Sermon on the Mount is
about soul care. It is about getting our souls right with God.
Soul care is the act of becoming who God wants us to be. This is what we take into eternity. You are spiritual and designed to live with God for eternity.
“Your soul is what integrates your
will, your mind, and your body into a single life. A soul is healthy, well – ordered – when there is harmony between these three entities and God’s intent for all creation. When you are connected with God and other people in life, you have a heathy soul.” (John Ortberg)
How do we have a healthy soul? We
follow Jesus’ instructions in the
Sermon on the Mount. We work at
living in peace with everyone and at living a holy life. This is what Jesus is telling us.