When someone refers to the human spirit, they are usually talking about a combination of the heart, soul and mind. While the heart is the life source of the body, the mind regulates our mental state. Yet, the soul is the essence of human beings, setting one person apart from the next.
The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being, Proverbs 20:27.
According to Solomon, the human spirit is like an internal light that highlights who you are. This lamp reveals what is in your heart. This reflection comes out in the form of words. If you are wounded by individuals in your past, your vocabulary will reflect this. Subsequently, hurt people will hurt other people.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them, Matthew 15:18.
This built up angst is what defiles people according to Jesus. Its no wonder that King Solomon urges Israel to guard your heart for it is the well spring of life. The apostle Paul takes this concept one step further in Colossians 3:1-3, to set your heart and mind on things above. If you want to preserve the human spirit, these instructions are vital to maintain health, life and the pursuit of happiness.
by Jay Mankus