Both the physical and spiritual part of man needs care. Attention needs to be given to the body if one wants to live a long, productive life, but care and attention needs to be given to the soul if one wants to live in heaven throughout eternity.
Today many times homes are invaded with those who curse, drink, smoke and commit fornication, right in the living room, many times in front of the entire family. How could that happen? It is that screen on the television set or the computer?
Most would not allow someone to really enter their home and do such things, but they will allow shows full of such to play on the TV, never thinking about what is happening.
Billions of souls are being contaminated by the trash that is allowed to be broadcast on the airways. Language of a heathen, uneducated nation is heard constantly on these same airways.
This is more contamination. More and more words not becoming a Christian are being heard coming from the mouths of “Christians.”
Again, looking at the book of James, this subject was addressed: “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.
“My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh” (James 3:8-12).
Exercise is something else one needs to have in their daily routine in order to stay healthy. One can see bikers and runners most anytime, exercising their muscles.
In order to get the proper spiritual exercise on needs to exercise their minds each day in continual minds in continual study of the scriptures.
The apostle Paul wrote, “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Tim. 4:6-8).
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).
With these words, Paul directed Timothy to exercise care both to his soul and the souls of those with whom Timothy worked.
Exercise of the soul also can be given by helping others (Matt. 25:31ff). In showing concern for others, one’s soul is built up as they realize they are following God’s commands.
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:2, 9, 10).
Take care of yourself physically and spiritually.