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But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17

“One with him in Spirit”

Think for a moment what that really means. Some of us are lucky enough to have a Soul Mate. Soul Mates aren’t the same as lovers, although soul mates can be your lover as well. You know what it’s like if you have one. It’s the person who starts the sentence you were going to start. They know what’s wrong before you can tell them. Soul mates cry with you, laugh with you, know when to talk, and when you need quiet; hug you when you need a hug and give you space when you need some room.

Soul Mates validate your feelings but will never let you destroy yourself emotionally, physically or spiritually if they can help it. And if you refuse to listen and continue on your slippery slope? When you reach the bottom, very likely, your Soul Mate will be the only one there to greet you. And they will. With hugs.

Here’s the real beauty behind the idea of a Soul Mate. The best Soul Mate you will ever have is the only one who can ultimately guard your soul and that’s Jesus.

The unfortunate thing is that who Jesus is has been clouded by religion. For far too long we’ve been told that Jesus won’t love us if we do this activity or make that choice. He hates those who get divorced. He hates those with sexual orientations outside the mainstream. He hates those who put everything else in front of church, or Bible study, or Prayer, or…(everyone has their list).

One of the most troubling ones I’ve heard is one I believed myself for years. “Jesus gets disappointed with you when you sin. You hurt him by your actions, your words, your thoughts.” The truth of the matter is, there is some truth to that. Anyone who is a Soul Mate knows what it’s like when we see this person whom we love dearly make decisions we know are self-destructive. But a true Soul Mate never condemns and always seeks to build up.

That’s the Jesus that reached out to the woman at the well who’d been married five times and was ‘living in sin’ with man number six. That’s the Jesus that saved the life of the woman caught in adultery. That’s the Jesus that, on a regular basis, sought out the people society rejected. That same Jesus still seeks you out today. Why? Because that’s what Soul Mates do.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I’m not worthy of our friendship. Frankly, I would never trust someone like me. Thank you for loving me, forgiving me, understanding me and waiting for me to see your light. Thank you for being my Soul Mate. In your name, Amen.


By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:11 NIV

Normally, when we hear the word warning we think negatively. A severe storm warning may send us for shelter. Flashing lights along the highway tell us to slow down, be aware, and perhaps even stop. Fine print on medicine bottles informs us of possible side effects and which side effects elicit a call to the doctor.

Those things are all good of course. They help us make decisions that will be the best for us physically. They give us a black and white scenario. If this happens, then the likely result is for ‘that’ to happen.

Unfortunately, life decisions regarding relational difficulties, job plans, and raising our kids isn’t as easily spelled out. This is especially so in our society today. When I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s divorce and all the issues with blended families was for the most part, non-existent. Internet porn, sexual orientation, and a vast amount of the other social issues we are dealing with didn’t exist, or were far less prominent in our thinking.

The Psalmist writes, “By them your servant is warned…’. Our English language doesn’t give us a good picture of what that really means. While the word in the original language can be translated simply as warn, the primary definitions of the word revolve around enlightenment and showing clear steps of action that will lead to desired results.

A friend of mine is a volunteer fire-fighter. We were talking about fire codes one day and he showed me a book shelf in the coffee shop we were at. “Look at that shelf,” he instructed me, “now imagine it three times the size. That’s the size of our library of fire codes at the station!”

Now I can’t tell you how large that really is, but it was overwhelming to think of all the warnings contained in those volumes. Warnings that we may never think about, but are essential to keeping ourselves safe. The only way to know those codes would be to study them often and go back to them as a reference point when needed. Those books enlighten us as to the best way to stay safe from the danger of fire.

Casual perusal of those books on an occasional basis may give us a surface understanding of fire safety and the importance of following major guidelines, but the more complicated issues would be missed and could result in serious damage, injury or death.

On the other hand, in depth study of the manuals would enlighten the reader about the best possible way to keep buildings and lives safe from the devastation of fire.

God’s word is our manual for living. Although I struggle at times, like anyone else, to know the answers to some of the issues ahead of me, I believe that following God’s way is always the best way.  

God’s word gives us principles for successful living, not simple answers to complex issues. The only way to find those principles is to study it in depth and go to it often for clarification. Surface study of God’s word won’t give you the information you need to go on.

PRAYER: Father God, help me to use your book as a guide and not just an instruction manual. May my study of your Word enlighten me as to how to handle the issues of life ahead of me. Amen

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