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Addressing the whole person; spirit, soul and body is critical for inner peace and healing

Christian counseling, Kooskia, Grangeville, Kamiah, Idaho Bible, spirit, soul, mind and bodyThe Bible is full of helpful information about spirituality, inner peace and even physical health.  But there are a couple of passages that are especially helpful in understanding how we are made: spirit, soul and body.  Understanding how we are made is a major step toward fixing what is broken.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Apostle Paul prays thatyour whole spirit, soul and body be preserved…”.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the “Word of God” is “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow (body)”.

No one knows EXACTLY how the spirit, soul and body are interconnected but the Bible does give us great insight.

What is the spirit, soul and body?

  • Your spirit is the realm of your faith, hope and love: the inner core that motivates the rest of you.
  • Your soul is your self-consciousness such as your intellect, emotions and your will. Your soul is most often equated with your mind.
  • Your body is your “world-consciousness” such as your senses, well-being and your appearance i.e. actions, etc.

How does one effect the other?
When addressing one part of your being it is it is impossible to do so without influencing the other parts. For example, if one has a traumatic physical experience it most certainly will impact the emotions (soul).

Likewise, if one endures a severe emotional experience, at some point it will most certainly effect your physical body in some way or another as well.

As God is the author of peace, the Bible tells us that a heart in harmony with God is more valuable than gold.

So no matter what the circumstance, the more we are in harmony with our Creator, the more peace we will experience.

This is a very brief summary of a very involved, integrated subject.  However in the context of contentment and healing, I pray that you can see the necessity of addressing the whole you. Attending to one part without treating the whole can leave issues unresolved in our health, emotionally or our inner core, only to resurface again in the future.

Feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.

Meanwhile, I’ll see you out in the field.

Parson Rayphe


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