What’s the Difference…? | Sunday | December 2

Wisdom will come into your heart. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Foresight will protect you. Understanding will guard you. –Proverbs 2:10-11 GW

On our quest to advance spiritually, we may find ourselves questioning, “What’s the difference between…?” Rather than remaining unaware, we’re seeking knowledge. The following are two inquiries that may benefit you:

• What’s the difference between godly and worldly sorrow? Godly sorrow happens when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, which causes us to repent and ask God for forgiveness. Whereas worldly sorrow occurs when we get caught and feel bad for ourselves, and we’re not apologetic. When either sorrow occurs, how we respond, whether repentantly or unrepentantly, has an impact on our lives and relationships.

• What’s the difference between the soul and the spirit? First, we need to realize that our body has three distinct parts—a spirit that has a soul that lives in the body. The soul contains our mind, will, and emotions. Whereas the spirit represents the part of our being that connects, or doesn’t connect, to God. When we become a born-again believer, the Holy Spirit takes up residence within our spirit, and our physical body becomes a vessel of the living God. Our soul—mind, will, and emotions—is the inner part of us that needs to submit to the eternal transforming work of God’s Holy Spirit within us.

Prayer Focus

1) Father God, I’m thankful for Your mercy and grace. Search my heart and make known to me what’s displeasing in Your sight.
2) Holy Spirit, pardon my soul for rebelling against Your promptings. May my entire soul be submitted to Your transforming work.

Barbara Alpert
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