Hardships weigh heavy on us all. Whether we have financial struggles, relationship difficulties, or health issues, we’re all struggling with something. It’s easy to feel discouraged, depressed, and depleted. Even our souls can feel powerless against the problems we’re facing. No matter how weak we may feel, the Lord promises to give us strength.
Here are 7 strategies for keeping our soul strong.
If we want to have a strong soul, our identity must be formed through the eyes of our Creator. Instead of believing negative things that people have said or done to us, we need to remember, “We are God’s masterpiece” (Eph. 2:10, NLT).
Our faith is based on a relationship with God made only possible through Christ. Colossians 2:6-7 says, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong…” Our faith grows when we pray, meditate on God’s Word, journal, worship, and connect with like-minded people.
We read in 2 Corinthians 1:4, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.” Let’s get out of our comfort zone by leading a Life Recovery Group, becoming a mentor, and performing acts of kindness. God has a purpose for our pain—sharing our story encourages others!
Our relationships, at times, are anything but peaceful. Apostle Paul encourages us to, “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone” (Rom. 12:18). Even in prison, Paul lived peacefully with people—no matter where we’re at, we can too! We must confess any known sin to the Lord, and make amends to anyone we’ve hurt.
The key to a close relationship, whether friendship or marriage, is attunement. Philippians 2:4 explains, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others.” We can try to understand how someone is feeling. How? Ask questions. Listen. Restate what they are saying. And validate them.
God has good things for our future. How do we endure difficulties today? “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus…” (Heb. 12:2). Let us trust God, overcome fear, and live out Biblical principles. Working with a licensed counselor, mentor, and an accountability partner can help.
Isolation breeds disconnection from God and people. But Matthew 18:20 assures us, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” We can cultivate community by joining a Life Recovery Group, finding a place of worship, going to a prayer meeting or Bible study, and volunteering in our communities.
For more ways to strengthen your soul, contact New Life Ministries by calling 800-NEW-LIFE (639-5433).