1 Samuel 18:1-4
“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.”
Over the course of our lives we will find ourselves in many relationships. Whenever we are in a relationship with someone, whether on a casual basis or a deeper level, soul ties are formed. In its simplest form, a soul tie joins two souls together in a spiritual realm. They bind, fasten, and secure one soul to another. The Bible says in Matthew 19:6, “wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
In 1 Samuel 18, David and Jonathan formed a covenant because they loved each other so deeply. Their souls were knit together. When love between two people is pure and not polluted, the bond between them is unbreakable. Jesus speaks of this kind of love in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
That is the kind of love Jonathan and David had, and that is why it was a Godly soul tie. Because of this type of Godly soul tie, it formed the basis for a good marriage and an enduring relationship. They truly had a great friendship, and because of the deepness and pureness, the two souls drew strength and encouragement from each other as well as security and love.
On the contrary, Soul ties can also create tendencies and desires within us that can be good or bad. They can pull us towards God or away from him. Consider someone who is born and raised in the church. He or she becomes involved with someone, not necessarily romantic, who has no desire for the things of God. More often than not, the Christian will turn away from God, rather than the other person choosing a relationship with God. That’s pretty ironic huh?
The Lord highly honors the marriage relationship and the resulting soul ties because it exemplifies his love for the church. Paul relates marriage to the profound mystery of Christ’s relationship with the church. Thus we see God instituted soul ties for the benefit of mankind.
The blood Christ shed at Calvary created a soul tie between those who accept his finished work and himself. Christ’s blood brought us into right relationship with God. It allows us to be apart of his family. We are in a covenant soul tie relationship with him that cannot be broken unless we choose to walk away from it.
Whatever God creates for our benefit and blessings, Satan wants to pervert and curse. This is true of soul ties as well. Ungodly soul ties can form inappropriate male/male, female/female, or male/female relationships.
One of the deepest soul ties we can form comes through sexual union. It involves the bodies, souls, and spirits of those involved. We share our bodies and emotions. Our spirits become united because God created sexual intimacy to be a foundational part of the marriage covenant. Because the sexual relationship between a man and a woman involves body, soul, and spirit, Satan desires to entice and deceive us in this area. Any sexual union (physical, fantasy, or otherwise) that is not with our spouse will always create an ungodly soul tie. The intimate bond formed with another person cannot be blessed by God.
A careful examination of all our relationships will reveal godly and ungodly soul ties. We need to ask ourselves, “Does this relationship glorify God? Is it bringing me closer to Jesus?”
Although ungodly soul ties are sinful, the good news is that Jesus forgives all sin. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
It is vital that we break the unhealthy soul ties we have made with other people regardless of how they were formed. Breaking these is similar to a mother who, after giving birth to her child, allows the umbilical cord that ties two together to be cut. When this happens, the baby can start its new life and begin to grow on its own. In the same way, it is important that we cut and sever all ungodly soul ties in our lives; otherwise, we will not be free to pursue healthy relationships.
Breaking ungodly soul ties involves three important steps: prayer, a willful decision, and walking away.
When God leads us to break a soul tie, in response to our obedience we can trust him to draw us closer to himself, and to help us develop new godly relationships and soul ties.
Scripture of the day: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” ~ (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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