Proverbs 19 … Consider Him, the Lover of Our Soul

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good,
(19:8).

Loving our own soul. Is this the same concept we so often hear about from modern psychology today? A quick search on the web turned up plenty of suggestions from today’s so-called experts: “A Seven-Step Prescription for Self-Love,” “13 Habits of Self-Love Every Woman Should Adopt,” “30 Ways to Practice Self-Love and Be Good to Yourself,” “Self Care 101: A Step by Step Guide to Your Self Love Journey,” “Self-Love for Beginners,” to name but a few.

And I also quickly perused some lists to see what kind of counsel was being offered, and quickly noticed that in order to follow the advice provided, we have to depend on none other than, yes you guessed it, ourselves! Here are three of my favorites: “Trust yourself to make good decisions. Put yourself first. Connect with your inner being.”

Is that even doable? In all this guidance and enlightenment, the instruction is to look to ourselves as the solution. But wait; how can we be the source of our problem (self-hate) and the source of our solution (self-love)? Especially when we consider that we can’t possibly understand or trust ourselves to love anybody, because our heart is so desperately deceitful and sick.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?”
(Jeremiah 17:9).

But Jesus came as the Only One able to truly Love Our Soul.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:8).

Consider Him, the Lover of Our Soul

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good,
(19:8).

Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God, the One, True Lover of Our Soul. And it is when we get His Wisdom, that we will love and care for our own soul. That is His way, the only way.

but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God…30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, (1 Corinthians 1:23-24, 30).

that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (Colossians 2:2-3).

How do we respond to Him, the Lover of Our Soul?

Twice in the book of Proverbs, we are presented with the analysis regarding man’s thinking, in and of himself. And we know when God repeats Himself, we best pay attention.

There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death,
(Proverbs 14:12).

There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death,
(Proverbs 16:25).

Man’s way always leads to death. Only in Jesus Christ we will know His Way of Truth, Life and Love.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Ephesians 6:23).

Jesus, the Lover of Our Soul, came to save us from our sin, to give us His gift of eternal life and to empower us to walk in His more excellent way.

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way, (1 Corinthians 12:31).

Because the truth is, loving our soul is really not about self at all. It’s all about living and loving like Jesus, the Lover of Our Soul; it is all about sacrifice and about putting others first.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails … 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love, (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13).

And it is as we get His Wisdom and are careful to keep His commandments, deny self and love others even better than ourselves, that we commit our soul (our mind, will and emotions) to Him, the Lover of Our Soul.

He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless of conduct will die,
(19:16).

Oh, that we would take seriously His call to obedience; that we would always desire and choose friendship with Him, the Lover of Our Soul, over friendship with the world.

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you,” (John 15:12-14).

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God, (James 4:4).

Let us ask Him to so work in our soul, that others would see Him in us as we keep His commandments and learn to love others as He Loves us.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another,” (John 13:34-35).

Lord Jesus, teach us to love like You do, that we would be more concerned with loving others than loving self.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:3-5).

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins, (1 Peter 4:8).

And Lord Jesus, please empower us by Your Holy Spirit to keep Your commandments that we would daily grow to become more like You, the Lover of Our Soul.

And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Let’s Grow Together!

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