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Strengthening The Souls

 

“21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:21-22 NKJV). Part of Paul’s ministry was strengthening the souls. In this case, souls is probably generic for lives. Genesis 2:7 refers to the real life in man—that which makes him alive. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).

But I like to think Paul was strengthening the souls of individuals. The soul is that which make us human, such as our intellect, thought, ideals, love, emotion, discernment, choice, decision or will. These are usually divided into will, mind and emotions. These are the parts of us that need to be shored up, propped up, and supported. Here is where we need encouragement for the everyday trials and troubles we encounter. We are instruments to help others through the tough times, strengthening when weak, and supporting when fallen. That’s part of who we are in Christ.