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To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Psalm 25:1
“I’ve got soul” is an expression we hear in conjunction with certain music performed by the likes of BB King, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles. Soul music is a combination of Rhythm and Blues (R&B) and gospel, sometimes combining spiritual and secular music. Some say soul songs makes you feel the music as well as hear it.
British author C.S. Lewis once said, “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body” (italics mine). My “personhood,” what makes me me, is apparently different than what I’ve been led to believe. Lewis’s point is that we (people) are eternal beings who just happen to store our souls in a temporary physical body while we reside on earth. But often, “soul” and “spirit” are used interchangeably. So what is the difference?
According to the website, gotquestions.org, “the spirit gives us the ability to have an intimate relationship with God (John 4:24).” As C.C Lewis said, we are souls, but we have a body, and also a spirit. The word “soul” means “life,” referring to spiritual and emotional experiences (Psalm 43:5).
Simply put, the soul is the essence of humanity’s being; it is who we are; the spirit is the aspect of humanity that connects with God. And the body is a convenient self-contained package, home to the soul in this realm we call life.
O Lord, You have designed us intricately and well. We may not understand how You did it, but we thank You! Amen