We are a 3-part being: spirit, soul, and body. We are the only creation that God made who has a free will to make our own choices. Animals don't have choices. God built instincts in them and told them: "All animals...deer, rabbits, squirrels, birds, fish: this is how you're going to live your life. This is your life style, cut and dried. You don't have a choice.
We humans have a choice built into us by God. God said, "I'm going to make mankind so that he has a choice to accept Me or to reject Me. I want him to accept Me and I will do everything possible so he will accept Me. But I 'm not going to force him to do it."
When we become born again the old soulish man that we were was changed. This is the process. Our spirit man is made brand new. God says to us, "I have bought you with the Blood of Jesus. I now possess you. So now by your free will I want you. You're a bond servent to Me. I want you to be obedient. But because I've given you a free
will, I'll still let you have the choice of saving, "No, God, I 'm not going to do that." You have the right to your choice, but in the end, depending upon the choice you make, there will be consequences or rewards.
Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler