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Love as Shaping Life

by on October 16, 2019

Shaping the will but not breaking the spirit

People are complex beings. Part of that complexity is that we possess both will and spirit in our body. It is important that our will learns submission to authority and that our spirit is protected from injury.
When the will is unbroken it causes problems for us and others all through our life.
When the spirit is broken problems are caused also because we lose heart.
The following contrasts may help to see the results as experiences impact our spirit, will, and body and thus exert control over our lives.

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
Proverbs 18:14

1. Unbroken will and unbroken spirit
Spirit – inoperative and not controlled by God or man
Will – uncontrolled and uncontrollable except by extreme measures
Body – out of control and not controllable
Result – A self-willed life causing problems for self and others

2. Unbroken will and broken spirit
Spirit – inoperative and not controlled by goodness
Will – not controlled by anyone or anything
Body – out of control except by extreme measures
Result – A dangerous, defiant life, harmful to self and others.

3. Broken will and broken spirit
Spirit – crushed and floundering – unable to contact God without help
Will – crushed and unresponsive without healthy spirit to guide
Body – variously undisciplined and out of control
Result – A troubled, painful life of sadness, unable to connect with self and others

4. Broken will and unbroken spirit
Spirit – controlled by God and holy desires from the Holy Spirit
Will – controlled by God and personal discipline
Body – controlled by disciplines and holy desires
Result – A beautiful life controlled by a sensitive spirit, an obedient will and a disciplined body

Isa. 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound… Luke 4.18-22
Ez. 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick
Ps. 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit
Ps. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Pr. 15:13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Pr. 17:22  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

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