The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. -1 Peter 1:9 NLT
Salvation is an interesting concept. In truth we have been saved. We are being saved. We will be saved. Salvation is not an end unto itself. It is a continuing process of of sanctifying spiritual maturity in the life of one who trusts God. It is a difficult process because it involves change. Albeit change from the inside out. And inner change can be most difficult.
I think of the word soul as one that defines the very essence of who we are. It is sometimes alluded to in metaphors such as the heart or the inner self. It is what makes me 'me'. When a believer dies their soul, the very essence of who they are, is saved. They will be recognizable in the afterlife. They will know, and be known by, those who knew them on earth.
Thank you Lord for the free gift of salvation. Help us to walk as saved people who trust you with all of our hearts.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.