S.O.A.P. - a method in spiritual journaling
Observation (What does it say?)
Application (What does it say to me?)
S - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
O - God’s will for my life is a twenty-four seven commitment and covers my attitude, actions and speech.
A - The words “always, continually, all” do not leave much room for gaps in my Christian walk. My attitude toward life with thanksgiving for the circumstances I find myself in should cause me to have joy. The key is living within God’s will and becoming more and more aware of who I am in Christ. My emotions rise and fall like the temperature so I am joyful “sometimes” and pray “irregularly”. I give thanks when life is good. In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians he commends them in how they are living to please God and are loving the brothers but twice in chapter four he urges them to do this “more and more.”
1 Thessalonians 4:1 “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” (NIV)
Verse 10 “And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,” (NIV)
It’s a life-long process not a one-time deal. We will never completely arrive at that perfect place of “always and continually” but Paul urges us to strive to do this more and more continually and consistently pressing on towards the goal of becoming more Christ like.
P - Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 NASB)