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Double-Souled Believers


James 1:22 reads:


"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."


I was raised in 1950's and 1960's Evangelical Christianity.  That makes me old.  I estimate that I have attended more than twelve thousand church meetings in my life.  I've listened to countless sermons, most of their content escapes my memory.  Sometimes I, and I'm sure you, have difficulty remembering yesterday's sermon.  We are human.  Our memories do fail us, and besides that, paying attention to a sermon can be a struggle at times.  On the other hand, the routine of church makes it easy for us to hear the sermon and then leave to go about our business, as James 1:22 addresses.  


Part of our difficulty in this matter is that we are double-minded, something James 1:8 hints at.    


"Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do."


The Greek word "dysychos" is translated here as double-minded.  This Greek word consists of two other Greek words, meaning, twice and soul.  Double-minded or double-souled suggests being mentally and spiritually conflicted, and that portrays today's culture where there are so many voices vying for our attention that it makes it difficult to concentrate on the one important voice.  To complicate matters, technology enables us to listen to as many voices we want, all at the same time, and that inhibits our ability to maintain good concentration skills.  Whatever happened to undivided attention? 

Being single-minded or single-souled is the way our minds and hearts work best.  Matthew 6:22 in the King James Bible puts it this way. 

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light."


Whether you call it single-eyed or single-souled, it's how we must approach the Word of God that James 1:22 addresses.  God's Word enters our minds where hopefully a single-souled mindset will plant it into our hearts, where if allowed, it will grow and become the conviction whereby we live.  It's what James 1:21 is all about.


"Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you."


Being single-souled in relation to God's Word prevents us from being deceived into thinking we are someone we are not, just as James 1:22 implies.     


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