Most people like to analyze things, take things apart, separate into individual components. It’s done even with the inner being: mind, emotions, will. It’s good to distinguish among them. The Bible does it as well, so we’re on safe ground.
At the same time, synthesis is needed.
Let us not be like the do-it-yourselfer, who after reassembling what he has dismounted, has parts and screws left over. Let us have wholeness and be complete persons, whose whole being is devoted to the Lord, whose souls are transformed (repaired) by the Spirit of God.
May the God who gives peace make you holy in every way. May he keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes, 1 Thessalonians 5.23 GW.
A priority does exist in this healthy wholeness. The mind comes first. From it flows decision and feeling. This is why there is little emphasis upon right emotion, since it results from the thoughts of the mind.
Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect, Romans 12.2 GW.
So the Word and our message have always fixed upon the understanding — hearing and accepting the truth of the Good News. In Scripture is the corrective for our wrong thinking, the power for our weak efforts, the healing of our negative and distorted emotions.
Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval. They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things, 2 Timothy 3.16-17 GW.
When we start with the mind, God can reach all other parts of our inner being. His amazing and powerful truths keep us from dry intellectualism. God’s full reach into our souls empowers us to be people of simplicity, integrity, and wholeness.
Now seek the Lord your God wholeheartedly and with your entire being! 1 Chronicles 22.19 GW.
The editor resets his mind every day with Scripture and focuses on right decisions. So he wrote Choose! 13 Choices to Transform Your Heart and Soul.