Soul-Improvement or Self-Improvement

12 weeks ago did you make a new year’s resolution? What did you decided to change? Many of us made promises to ourselves to mark the beginning of a new year. We said “I save more, exercise more, or spend less on social media.” We begin with good intentions, but before long old habits tempt us to return to old ways. We slip up occasionally, then more frequently, and then all the time. Finally, we’re back to business as usual, as if our resolutions never existed.

Instead of choosing our own self-improvement goals, a better approach might be to ask ourselves: “what does the desire of me?” In the book of Micah, God reveals that He wants us to do what is right, to be merciful, and to walk humbly with Him. All of these things relate to -improvement rather than self-improvement.

Today, when we choose soul-improvement instead of self-improvement, we don’t have to rely on our own . The Holy Spirit is standing by to us as believers in our spiritual/soul growth. God’s Word says, He is able to “strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being” (Eph. 3:16). Let’s resolve to be more -like. To livejustly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly. Let’s resolve to focus more on spiritual soul-improvement. The Spirit will help us as we seek to walk with our God. 

What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

Pray with Me
Yahweh, thank You for choosing to lead me. Father, help me choose soul-improvement over self-improvement. I ask for a truthful spirit, a wise spirit, a kind spirit, so that Your life will be clearly seen in me. God, send Your Holy Spirit into my life, to show me how to do what You want me to do. Please teach me to live justly, love mercy and to walk humbly, in Christ’s Name! Amen.


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By Pastor Ray Patrick

Evangelism. Outreach. Ministry.
Pastor Ray Patrick is a R.E Teacher at The Eden School

2 replies on “Soul-Improvement or Self-Improvement”

I was ? one of those people who was going to be “healthier”… but life… not sure you follow me but I recently moved with my family from California to New Jersey. We move often! I was “trying” but I felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until I started working with my faith-leader/life coaching team that I really saw what I needed to fill the gap and it wasn’t a new workout routine.
Since I have been seeing the world now with different eyes it seems like everything for me has changed. My problems sure haven’t gone away but I view them differently and my heart is lighter.
I made new resolutions but this time Christ- centered and it’s mind blowing how my life has changed in such a short time!
Thank you for you post! I obviously connected with strongly!

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