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Borrowed Bodies

Concept of Hand with Electronic FingerprintsKey Bible Verse:

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.” – (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Bonus Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Growing up in east Alabama, I was taught that my body was God’s temple, which meant that I was not to use alcohol, drugs, or tobacco, or to have premarital sex.  However, as I grew older, I began to realize that today’s Key Bible Verses taught more than that.

This passage encourages us not only to avoid things harmful to our body but also to do things that will keep it healthy.  The neglect and abuse of our body is a spiritual matter.  Similarly, the exercise of and care for our body is also of concern to God.  How could deliberately letting our body deteriorate be honoring to God?

A few years ago, my cholesterol level was at 358 and rising.  Because my family has a history of heart disease, I was concerned.  But my efforts at diet and exercise were perfunctory.  I told myself that one day I would have to get this condition under control.  But then I realized that the issue was more than a health problem; it was also a spiritual problem.

Only then did I begin to make important lifestyle changes.

—- Ken Korr in God’s Man

Personal Challenge

Ask yourself whether you need to make some changes to offer God a healthier, more Christ-honoring body.

Thought to Apply

A man who is ruler of his passions is master of the world.  – Dominic (Founder of Order of Preachers, 13th Century)

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