If you care about your soul….

Of all our possessions, none is so precious as the soul. You can lose your home, and that would be tragic; but losing a home is not losing your soul for an eternity. You can lose your sight, your hearing, your hands, or your feet and still go to heaven. But if you lose your soul, you have lost it all.
If you care about your soul, you will not do anything that will endanger your eternity.
You will forgive the tresspasses of your brother, because they are small compared to your soul (Matt. 6:14-15).
You will give up that sin now, because a moment’s pleasure is nothing compared to an eternity with God (2 Pet. 3:9).
You will warn your brother of temptations and sins, so that his blood will not be required of you (Ezek. 3:18-21).
You will not worry about the trials of today, for they are nothing compared to the glory to be revealed (Rom. 8:18).
You will grow to love the Lord your God and serve Him only, because your soul is in His hands (2 Tim. 1:12).
You will watch your tongue, your behavior, and your attitude, so that you might please the One who died for you (Col. 1:10).
You will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Pet. 3:18).
You will increase not only in faith but also in virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. By doing these things you will never stumble but will enter heaven (2 Pet. 1:5-11).
If your soul matters to you, you will never be lukewarm or apathetic but will strive to enter the kingdom by the narrow door (Luke 13:24-30).
Deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and put on the Lord Jesus. “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:24-25).
Paul said, “Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:26-27).
If you care about your soul, you will be diligent to make your calling and election sure. You will not wait to obey the gospel or to repent of your sin.
One day, nothing else will matter.

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