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Your Body--A Temple For God
19 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? 1Corinthians 2.
The body made up of flesh, bones, and muscle serves as temporary housing for the mind, soul, and spirit, and for Christians, is the temple of The Holy Ghost. That being said, we have a responsibility to keep the temple in order.
The origin of the body
In the Genesis account (Genesis 2:6,7) God created Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life. Afterwards, Adam became a living soul, and was ready for the Father’s use.
Adam had a perfect body, one that was not ravaged by the impurities of the world caused by the introduction of sin. God had provided sustenance for the upkeep of his body, in order to maintain his health, and as a result, Adam lived over 900 years.
However, due to sin, and man’s habitual insistence on disobeying God’s Law, man’s life-span gradually shortened.
The body is made for God
God didn’t create man to be left to his own devices. God had a definite purpose in mind when he brought us into this world. We were made for His Glory, for His Purpose, and not our own, and the bodies that he has entrusted to us, as with everything else given to us by Him, we will have to give an accounting of in the Judgement.
Many Christians are even now defiling their temple by unhealthy, and immoral practices, and God has a strict warning for perpetrators.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1Corinthians 3.
Paul's main focus of concern dealt with sexual immorality in the Corinthian Church. The Apostle admonished his followers that not only was fornication a sin against one's soul, but also against one's body, and and if persisted, would bring about serious repercussions from God. He reminded them that their bodies belonged to God, in which houses His Holy Spirit, and therefore must be kept holy.
We see the result of these sinful practices in our society today with the spread of Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases. God wants a clean temple to reside in and would that we lay down the practices that shorten our life-span, making us ineffective witnesses for Christ.
Even the pracitce of overeating, lack of rest, exercise and a proper diet constitutes unhealthy practices that sin against our temples. I'm sure many of us has succumbed to the after-service fried-chicken, mashed potato and gravy dinner.
there are many healthy diet plans, spas, and gyms. Television commercials are constantly hawking the newest craze in fitness DVD’s and exercise equipment, so we don’t have an excuse when it comes to getting our temples in order for the Master.
I’m a firm believer in getting and maintaining good health. As one suffering from diabetes, and high blood pressure, my decision to change my bad eating and sedentary habits was borne from the will to live, coupled with the tragedies In which I lost my mother and my childhood friend to diabetes complications. At the beginning of the year, I weighed 240 lbs, now I’m down to 198 with a goal of around 180. I am also in the process of creating a blog to share my thoughts, experiences and inspiration with those struggling in this area, so I enlist your prayers that God will help me make it a reality.
Finally, I haven’t written any hubs for awhile, but I’m back. Thanks to those who continue to follow me, and welcome to those who just joined.