SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY: THE SOUL
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 KJV)
Let's talk about the SOUL. This is the seat of your personality, unlike the body it is immortal , it is not physical and stands between the body and the spirit. The soul is like a bridge between the two, the body that is seen and the spirit that sometimes referred to as the 'hidden man'.
The soul has three components, the MIND which deals with your thought life ( capsules 12-21 ), the WILL where decisions are taken and EMOTIONS which is the expression of your soul. Of these 3, the MIND is the most powerful or important. Your will and emotions are only byproducts of your thought life. Emotions are the spice of life, they are what makes us human but they are not to control us. They are like emissions from the exhaust pipe of a car, if the engine is in good condition so is what comes out of the exhaust pipe. Emotions or what we call feelings can be manipulated , what you focus on drives your emotions. Whether you are bitter, angry , troubled, disturbed or depressed is simply reflecting what your thoughts are focused on (Isaiah 26:3, John 14:1). Feelings come and go, they don't necessarily reflect reality and they are temporary.
A common misconception is that you cannot control your emotions . If this was true why would Christ command His disciples not to allow their hearts to be troubled? (John 14:1). This statement makes it clear that the choice was theirs. So we now know that the mind feeds your emotions and will.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 KJV)
As previously discussed , your soul (mind, will and emotions) stands between your physical body and your spirit. The mind (soul) has the ability to swing either way depending on the dominant influence , the spirit or body. Depending on which one exacts the most influence, you are either carnal or spiritual. Romans 8:6 is a cardinal scripture, every born again Christian has the opportunity to be either carnal or spiritual, it's a choice.
ITS A CHOICE, DEATH OR LIFE AND PEACE.