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The Soul and the Whole Person
What makes you a complete person? Many people in this life never stop to consider this question. Unfortunately, they assume that as long as everything is alright in their lives monetarily, physically, etc. then they’re alright; they’re complete. But, is that the definition of wholeness? If not, then what is? A whole person, according to the Bible possesses several attributes. How many? We’ll cover that later. For now, think about how many parts you have. I don’t necessarily mean parts to your body, but parts of yourself. How do you talk to other people? What makes you feel anything? Why are you a Christian? Why aren’t you? Your Soul is definitely at play in all of these questions and mysteries, but is that all?
Consider, also, The Great Shema. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5. What does it mean? We’ll break it down later. Mostly, this passage gives some indication as to the nature of you and how these different attributes relate to God, you, and life. Loving God is not hard to do, but it does take some thought. There are parts of us that we don’t consider most of the time when we think about loving God. Many times, we think it’s just a matter of feeling something like when we love our parents, or mates, or children. But, love takes deliberate thought. Love also requires some sort of action, but to what degree? The action itself isn’t necessarily what indicates love, either. Most of the time, though, when we consider love, it’s how we feel that seems to mean the most. There is something about the peace, comfort, warmth, and security that accompanies deep and abiding love that surpasses everything else. However, this is just one part of the wholeness of love and only one aspect of how the Soul interfaces with God and with completeness as a person. Are you complete? Hopefully, we’ll find out when we measure ourselves against the Word and see what completeness really is.