January 5 – Habits – Physical health

Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?”1 Corinthians 6:19a

How do you maintain your car, home and bank account?

What about your body?

How can you follow God’s purposes for you when you do not take care of yourself?

This has to be a priority in our lives. Have you ever been tempted to do something with your body that wasn’t right? Maybe you have been tempted with illegal drugs, sexually, tobacco, fad diets or overeating.

How do you handle it?

The Bible tells us to not view our bodies as our own. We are not just living for ourselves, but we can live with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit of God lives in us. Our bodies are something special. Verse 19 shows us that the body is unique and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

So, when we’re tempted to do things that aren’t right, we need to step back and remember this verse and to maintain the body. Use our bodies in ways that bring glory to God. How do you do that? And how do you say no to temptation?

Honor God with our body – by taking care of it. Honor God with our heart by loving others. Honor God with our tongue by taming it.

Take care of what He has given you.

The Cleveland Clinic website suggests: “Lifestyle has a profound impact on your health.”

You are what you eat. Your body is exposed to more harmful stress due to lifestyle and environmental factors, resulting in a process called oxidation, which damages body cells. Eat a healthy diet including antioxidants to counteract oxidation. The Mediterranean Diet has been linked to decreasing your risk for breast cancer, diabetes and dementia, among others.

Those who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Are those diseases on your bucket list?

Sleep energizes you, improves your mood and your immune system. It restores your cells and helps your memory.

A support circle of people who care can positively help your health. How you manage stress is critically important for your health.

Get engaged in a healthy lifestyle!

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20

So, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is remarkable that God – the maker of heaven and earth – dwells in us. It is the Holy Spirit who put the beauty of God in us. We are made in God’s image.  And when we walk in the Spirit, that beauty is noticeable for all. Honor Him in everything that you do. Honor Him daily with awareness and maintenance of your amazing body. 

Tom Weckesser

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