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In Touch - June 3, 2006

  • 2006 Jun 03
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In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Saturday June 3, 2006

A Healthy Body

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

 

Today you should take a good, long look at yourself. What is your attitude about your body? How concerned are you with healthy eating and regular exercise? These are important questions that many believers never ask. In fact, some may separate the spiritual life from the physical life altogether. This is not the view that the Lord intended.

 

God, who carefully crafted each of us, places high value on our bodies (Psalm 139:13). The human form represents the masterpiece of Creation, and God entrusted our bodies to our care. Just as with any other resource — such as relationships or money — the Father expects wise stewardship from us.

 

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians provides a clear picture of Christians mistreating their bodies. Many people in the church had been engaging in various unacceptable practices, including gluttony and sexual misconduct (5:1; 11:21). Because of their low view of the physical body, they incorrectly regarded this behavior as completely separate from their spiritual lives. They believed they could do anything they wanted with their bodies and still be considered “good Christians.”

 

In 1 Corinthians 3:16, Paul declares, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” The apostle reminds us that God’s Holy Spirit has come to live in the heart and life of every believer.

 

If you have received Christ as Lord and Savior, then He has taken up residence in your life. In effect, your body has become a walking testimony. What is your

body saying about your walk with Christ?


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