“What’s the big deal? I have the freedom to do what I want. The words I speak and the things I do are of my own choice. As long as I don’t do any serious damage or crimes, I’m safe. I have nothing to worry about.”
There is no doubt that it is your choice to do what you do and to speak what you speak But the problem is that your soul is involved in every action and thought.
“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear decietfully” (Psalm 24:3-4).
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for “soul” indicated a person’s entire being. So what you do in your body or mind affects your entire being, your soul. Whatever good you do, or sins you commit affects your soul, your entire being.
Of course you have the freedom to do whatever you wish (sort of). But now your freedom implies a choice. It is not just a choice between good or bad. Rather, it is a choice of what you will allow to impact your soul, your entire being. Like David, the question is, What do you want to “lift up your soul” to?
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