Losing the Body or Losing the Soul? By Willie Gooding (L.A.M.B. Squad)

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Psalms 49:8-9 says, “For a soul is far too precious to be ransomed by merely earthly wealth. There is not enough of it in all the earth to buy eternal life for just one soul, to keep it out of hell.” (Living Bible) This subject touches my heart deeply, and the hearts of many believers of families & friends who have lost their souls as a result of an “unregenerated spirit.”

When someone we love dies, there is much sadness and devastation associated with their loss… which is a natural response.  But, most often, our sadness is related to just the physical separation (the body) more than the spiritual one (the soul). On the other hand, where is the spiritual response to the death of someone we have loved? What are we crying for? I believe that grieving is a part of sorrow suffered; however, pitching a tent in sorrow should never be a believer’s position. Instead, our focus should be,  “Where would they be spending eternal life?”

That is why we must have urgency in ministering the Gospel (good news) to our loved ones and others, as it was ministered to us. In responding this way, we proclaim the nearness we desire to have with those beyond this life.

What is of utmost importance?  This temporary life separated from God and our families forever–or eternal life  forever with Jesus and one another? As the psalmist said, “… a soul is far too precious…” This is exactly why Jesus came into this world; nothing other than the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus was capable of keeping us out of hell!

So, as believers, instead of grieving as the world does… Rejoice, knowing that the end of life in this world for a believer is the beginning of life eternal with God, and with our family in Christ forever, amen!

1 Thessalonians 4:13 says, “And now, dear brothers, I want you to know what happens to a Christian when he dies so that when it happens, you will not be full of sorrow, as those who have no hope.” (Living Bible). “Full of sorrow” indicates a person who repeatedly and continuously feels sorrow, and that the condition that caused this grief is greater than the promise stated in v.14., “For since we believe that Jesus died and then came back to life again, we can also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him all the Christians who have died.” Mother’s, Father’s, brother’s, sister’s, children, friends, etc… What an assurance we as believers have in Christ Jesus; We lose no one, yet, gain everything!

If we are an example…let us be a shinning example! That is why we should not withhold the Gospel (this “too good to be true” news) from the world. May this realization of truth in who we are in Christ Jesus propel us to to win souls. “He that wins souls is wise!” Proverbs 11:30.  Amen.

God bless.

By Willie Gooding, The L.A.M.B Squad (Leading All Men to Brotherhood,  A ministry by inmates at SCI Dallas.)

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