In 2015, I did a Staff Devotion at Staff Training weekend on The Four-Fold Life, and how to take that into the real world with you, especially as it related to setting goals and reaching them.
That summer, in our Bibles, each day we focused on one of the aspects of the Four-Fold life - physical, mental, spiritual and social. On Friday, we talked about how those work together in balance to help make us stronger people who make a difference in society. I will spare you all of the notes on that, because how you live your Four-Fold life is very personal. I will post some Bible verses that I found that relate to each of the aspects, just for reference.
HEART (EMOTIONAL OR SOCIAL)
“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
Proverbs 27:17, 19
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to
which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing
with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs
to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over
all and through all and in all.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
SOUL (OR SPIRIT)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form
and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was
hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there
was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the
darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was
evening and there was morning, the first day.
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone
who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his
face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what
he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and
continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed
in what they do.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who
turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the
rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and
a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your
war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Wisdom is too high for a fool; in
the gate he does not open his mouth.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are
really my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my
soul knows it very well.
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent
fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the
world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and
bore our diseases.”