Keeping Your Soul
Spiritual leaders give careful instructions and urgent warnings to their disciples. Moses did. Jesus did. Will we learn from them?
Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children. Deuteronomy 4:9
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11:25
Moses, in his final instructions to the Israelites, reminded them of God’s great power and deliverance on their behalf, beginning in Egypt right up to the end of Moses’ life on the threshold of the Promised Land. He warned them to keep their souls diligently, not forgetting all that God had done for them. He told them to pass these lessons on to their children and grandchildren. This was no idle command because their faithfulness to the Lord would be tested soon and often.
Jesus’ gave instructions to His disciples near the end of His earthly life and ministry. He told them to take care to resolve interpersonal conflicts. They were even to interrupt their prayers to forgive others, lest God not hear their requests for forgiveness.
Think about it
Here are two ways God’s people in all ages need to keep their souls diligently. One, we need to give thanks for God’s power which He displays before us for good every day in countless ways. That same power may be unleashed against us for discipline when we forget Him and follow after other gods. Two, we need to beware of the danger of holding grudges against others for real or imagined offenses. Don’t forget. We need God’s mercy and forgiveness continually no less than they.
Keep your soul diligently. Remember God’s power. Cultivate gratefulness. Praise God for His mercy. Show the same to others.