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Do You Have a Healthy Soul?

Psalm 42:5 -Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation.

My husband and I drove our neighbor to a local gym. She is an elderly lady, and based on advice from her physician, she is trying to get into the best shape she can be at this given stage in her life. Her inability to move freely due to stiffness from arthritis, is beginning to interfere with everyday life. She enrolled in a series of classes that promote health for senior citizens. One of which is flexibility with gentle stretching and movements. She is hopeful that her health will improve over time with these classes.  “I’m old on the outside, but still a young girl on the inside,” she laughed.

Her soul is healthy, but her flesh is waning with time. Aging is a natural occurrence and if we’re fortunate we all get to that point. Successful aging in place would be the proper term, I guess. But what about your soul? Is it healthy? Is it vibrant?  Let me say this, I could think of no other worse scenario than an unhealthy soul!

An unhealthy soul is lacking in faith, lacking in belief, and lacking in the power of our Omnipotent God. An unhealthy soul is filled with doubt and doesn’t trust or turn to the LORD in all things. And an unhealthy soul will surely perish if it doesn’t aspire to become acquainted with Jesus Christ, and all that comes with knowing and loving Him, and accepting Him in their heart as Lord and Savior.

What are just a few of the signs one might experience from an unhealthy soul?

  •  Fear and Anxiety – When we are aligned with God’s Word we don’t experience this kind of angst. 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
  • Unforgiving Naure – When we don’t forgive, God our Father will not forgive us. Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
  • Lacking Compassion – When we don’t offer compassion to our brothers and sisters, God is unlikely to be pleased. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4– “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
  • “Inability to offer love to others: Ephesians 5:2– “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.”

Like any disease a soul that is unhealthy spreads into all areas of our lives. It will impact those we love, those we encounter, and it will undoubtedly affect their own salvation. Jesus warns us not to fear those who can kill the body, but to fear Him who can destroy both body and soul (Matthew10:28).

An unhealthy soul is in dire need of help, and the only One that can heal a soul, and promote health and purpose and a propensity to thrive all the days on earth, is the LORD.

It’s one thing to take care of your body, eat right, exercise and do all things your doctor may or may not advise. But it’s an entirely different ballgame when your soul is unhealthy. An unhealthy soul can or will perish in a fiery explosion. But a healthy soul WILL lead to eternal bliss and a path that leads straight to the LORD’s door!

Have you checked in on your soul lately? How is it feeling?

“Father, thank You for providing me with the wisdom and ability to know You, and meditate on Your Word and will for my life, may I always be in compliance with Your will and purpose in all I ever do or say, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. Wonderful message and needful to those who take the time to read your article. Love the scriptures passages you quotes to confirm or to correct the hearts of man.
    It made me envision the consequences of those outside of Christ for sure, but those who trust in their own judgments have no way of knowing real peace, joy, or hope. Their world is of their own making but that results in a shrinking existence for them in every way possible. Aging of anything brings about a drying up on the outside but what is within makes the difference.indeed as you expressed.
    The soul is what makes the difference no matter what age we are and our focus is how we live it out; either in darkness or in His light.

    I am aging and I feel the strain,
    But I am mindful of what I have yet to gain.
    A home in Heaven is awaiting me,
    Because Christ bore my pain and set me free.

    So I may struggle throughout the day,
    And may have problems that cause some dismay.
    Yet in life I can rest in Christ to see me through,
    Now my friend, is this true for You?

    Can I get a Amen

    • Amen!
      Thank you so much Cora for elucidating and affirming the truth and God’s Word!
      As always, so appreciated. You contribute such depth and encouragement to all of us.
      I love your poetic connection to the LORD. That was fabulous! Thank you again!
      Blessings to you~

  2. Father, thank You for Your powerful Word that gives us everything we need to live a life that pleases You. As Your words go out today, help all those who hear it to keep Your commands. Give us humility to walk in Your ways and wisdom to make good choices. Give us the diligence to seek You with our whole hearts and not to be distracted by the things of this world. Amen
    (A wonderful way to start our day)

  3. “Do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day” (II Corinthians 4:16. You need to read chapter 4:7-5:10 to get the full context of this verse. It is much too long to post here.

    • Amen. The Word of God says it eloquently. Thank you for encouraging us to read the rest of the verses and ponder what it is stating in these passages for a promising future to grasp and hold onto.

    • Hello John,

      Thank you for contributing with a very important verse, and one of which builds encouragement and hope for those who believe. I agree with you, and thank you for pointing that out. Appreciate it, and you taking the time to do so,

      Blessings to you~

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