What Scripture Says About Our Body – Take Care Of You
The physical self is an important part of our walk as Christians and we must treat out body as a temple for His word. Through healing we can align ourselves and our body in accordance to His word.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
Our society views the body in two main ways. First and foremost, they see the body as a possession. They claim that no one can tell them what to do with it, because it is theirs. They feel no responsibility toward their bodies, because they refuse to see them as any more than sacks of flesh and blood. Secondly, they see the body as an object of lust. When they aren’t busy destroying their bodies, they are busy glorifying the bodies of others. How is it that people can assign so little importance to the body, yet spend their whole lives giving into its desires?
That is the tragic reality of our fallen world. But the truth is that our bodies are so much more than any of that. Genesis says that we were made in the image of God; that means that everything about us – including our physical forms – belongs to Him. This body truly is a gift from God. Simply take a look at how intricate and fascinating it all is; only a divine Creator could have made each and every cell work in perfect harmony to keep us alive. To mistreat or disregard the body is to disrespect the one who created it.
Furthermore, as the previous scripture has said, our bodies are actually temples of the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? It means that we are meant to glorify and worship God with our bodies. This does not mean merely going to church every Sunday and bowing our heads to pray. This means keeping our bodies healthy. This means refusing to defile ourselves with destructive habits. And, elaborating on that, perhaps most importantly, this means keeping our bodies from sin.
Romans 6:13 says, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Every day, Satan presents us with opportunities to use our bodies for evil. How many times have we used our tongues to say hurtful things? How often have we used our eyes and ears to look at and listen to things we shouldn’t? If we have truly been saved by the grace of God, we must keep ourselves pure and unstained from these desires of the flesh. Because our bodies are not just tools that we can manipulate to give us satisfaction; they are holy, sacred blessings that are ultimately meant to express the joy that we have in Jesus Christ.