1 SAMUEL 18:1

Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

1 Samuel 18:1 (NKJV)

Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-4

This is just one example in Scripture of two people having their souls knit, or tied, together. The soul is often defined as our mind, will and emotions. When the souls of two individuals are knit together, an extremely strong bond is formed that can affect many aspects of their lives. Our minds, wills and emotions can be positively or negatively influenced as the result of soul ties we have developed with those closest to us.

The strongest soul ties—and those that affect our lives the most—are between parents and their children, siblings, spouses, and extremely close friends, like Jonathan and David. Sexual intimacy results in the deepest, and most difficult to break, soul ties. Long after a relationship ends, the emotional pain can continue, in part, due to the existing soul ties.

Brokenhearted people have often been deeply hurt by someone very close to them with whom they have strong soul ties. The emotional pain and trauma is increased as the result of the soul ties between the two people. If someone with whom we have a powerful soul tie does or says something hurtful to us, we may be very wounded. However, if the same thing was said or done by a casual acquaintance, it can be much less painful. The extent of the soul ties with someone determines the level of emotional pain we feel. The healing of our broken hearts involves various kinds of prayer for emotional and spiritual cleansing, including asking God to break some soul ties in Jesus’ name.