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Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV)

We, as humans are spirit, soul, and body. We are supposed to present these three components of the human experience blameless before the Lord. The word blameless is the Greek word amémptōs meaning “faultlessly”.[1] This means, without fault. We know that positionally we are already righteous through Jesus, not through ourselves (Romans 3:22). 

We are not working to be saved; salvation is by Grace… is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9) However, there is a work taking place in the inside of us by the Holy Ghost; He is changing us by teaching and reminding us of the ways of God (John 14:26). Beloved, the Gospel do not leave us without responsibility. There are things we are called to do and, there are things we are called not to do. Paul tells us in First Corinthians 10:23, ““All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.” (ESV) You and I can do whatever we want, but there are consequences for our actions. 

The Root of Sickness

As we deal with sickness, we will see that there is a connection between the condition of our soul and our spirit and what will manifest in our bodies (Psalm 31:9 / Proverbs 17:22). We must address them one by one and understand that, if we are embracing certain emotions and lifestyles, we are opening doors for sickness in our lives. 

This article does not have as an objective that we never feel these emotions; we are human, we will feel them; the objective is that when we do, we be able to recognize that something is wrong in our souls and in our spirits and, quickly seek healing. Let’s look at eight very dangerous emotions: 

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eye is wasted from grief;
    my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
    and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
    and my bones waste away. Psalm 31:9-10 (ESV)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” Proverbs 13:12
 “… but envy makes the bones rot.” Proverbs 14:30b (ESV)
   “… but crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22b (ESV)

To allow these adverse emotions to marinate in our soul and spirit will lead to physical sickness. These adverse emotions are as follow:

  1. Distress
  2. Grief
  3. Sorrow
  4. A soul sold out to iniquity
  5. Sighing
  6. Hope deferred
  7. Envy
  8. A crushed spirit

In our next article we are going to look at each of these adverse emotions and its definitions.

To be continued…

[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

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