I’ve learned from my study of the Word and from experience, most believers suffer from soul wounds that keep them from living up to the full potential God has placed within them.
Understanding the Soul
Where are we wounded? Not in our bodies. Not in our spirits.
In our souls.
Some believers make the mistake of thinking that soul and spirit are synonyms. They’re not. Human beings have bodies, spirits and souls, with a crucial difference: the moment you surrendered to Jesus, you were born again and the Holy Spirit came to live inside you – which means, your spirit is perfect!
Your soul, unlike your spirit, is sanctified over time as you become more like Jesus. Apostle Paul writes,
“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another …” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
In this passage, Paul is not speaking about our spirits being progressively healed from glory to glory. Our spirits are transformed and made perfect in an instant. He is referring to our souls being healed, step by step. Remember, the same Apostle also urged us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2, NIV).
Your mind is part of your soul, so again, Paul isn’t talking about the spirit, which is changed in an instant, but about the soul, which is our mind, will and emotions. The soul is progressively healed throughout the believer’s walk with Christ.