Today in the @ForMy.Church Instagram stories, we’re responding to a submission, and talking about a topic that is important for our physical, emotional, and spiritual health: taking care of our bodies.
As Christians, we believe that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we have a responsibility to honor God by taking care of them.
One biblical encouragement that speaks to this is found in 1 Timothy 4:8, which says:
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
This verse reminds us that physical training has value in our lives, but it’s not the most important thing. However, taking care of our bodies can benefit us in this life, as well as in the life to come.
Another verse that speaks to this is Romans 12:1, which says:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
This verse calls us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. We can honor God by taking care of our bodies, just as we honor Him through worship and prayer.
But how do we take care of our bodies?
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Well, there are a few things we can do.
First, we can make healthy choices when it comes to food and exercise.
This doesn’t mean that we have to be perfect or follow a strict diet or exercise routine. It means that we can strive to make choices that nourish our bodies and help us feel our best.
Another way to take care of our bodies is by getting enough rest and taking time for self-care.
In our fast-paced world, it can be easy to neglect our need for rest and relaxation. But taking care of ourselves in this way can have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being.
Finally, we can seek support from our community and from Christ. We don’t have to do this alone, in fact, we aren’t supposed to do this alone. We were created to be in community. By reaching out to others and asking for help, we can find the encouragement and accountability we need to take care of our bodies.
We should all be encouraged to take care of our bodies.
Let’s make healthy choices, get enough rest, and seek support from our community and from Christ. We don’t need to wait for January 1st to roll around again. Starting today, let’s offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, honoring Him with our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.