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Jesus Will Take Care of Your Soul

He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply. —John Buchan

Sometimes people refer to really great music as having a lot of soul. There’s a reason for that. No other word really communicates the depth of humanity as much as the word “soul.” When music or any other form of art taps something deep within us, it’s tapping something very soul-ish: the part of us that can’t be seen.

The Greek word for soul is “psuche,” from which we get the word psychology. The study of psychology is the study of our soul, and “psyche” is used in a lot of different ways in Scripture, but it can be summarized this way: It is the combination of our mind, our emotions, and our will. It’s our total personality. So when we make a decision, it is our mind and emotions informing our will. Our mind is the processor of information. Our emotions are the feelers. The will is the decision maker.

Your soul is going to be constantly tired because of the regular trials of life. Everything will tug at you. Some days it will be your mind harassing you; on others, your emotions will rage out of control. Your will is tossed and turned like a ship in a storm. Jesus calls to us out of that storm, offering a different way to live:

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)

Jesus wants you to rest your soul. He’s got it. Only Jesus understands and tenderly loves your soul, so give it to Him today. He will take care of it!

Jesus, I want rest for my soul. I want to take Your yoke and toss off the one I now carry. You promise that Yours is light and easy to carry, and it seems like my soul is always exhausted. Thank You for Your promises. Amen.

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