Jeremiah 6:16: Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”
I had always thought that a lost soul referred to the soul’s destination, not its condition….We are not lost because we are going to wind up in the wrong place. We are going to wind up in the wrong place because we are lost….The soul integrates the will and mind and body. Sin disintegrates them. In sin, my appetite for lust or anger or superiority dominates my will…. Sin ultimately makes long term gratitude or friendship or meaning impossible. Sin eventually destroys my capacity even for enjoyment, let alone meaning….This is what it means to lose your soul. It is not a cosmic threat. It is a clinical diagnosis. It is not “I could end up there.” It is “I could become that.”
[John Ortberg, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You].