Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Ladies, the apostle Paul was clear when he spoke about our bodies and how we should treat them. Sure, in that particular letter he was primarily talking about sexual immorality, but still, it points out a Truth about our bodies that cannot be ignored.
The scripture above is full of amazing truth. Think about it: Our bodies are “temples.” Why? Because The Holy Spirit lives within us. Wow! Additionally, our bodies don’t belong to us because Jesus bought us and it cost Him His life. And because of this, we should always glorify God with our bodies!
But what does that mean to us in our lives now, and in the culture today?
Well, if we can come to terms with the amazing Truth of having Jesus living within us, it seems only reasonable to treat that with the value and honor it deserves.
Here are three important ways you can treat your body like a temple:
- Keep it healthy. Eat healthy and exercise. When we overeat or under-eat, we’re not nourishing our bodies—we’re abusing them. We should also keep our bodies clean on the inside and outside, and this includes having good hygiene habits and staying away from drugs and other unhealthy addictions.
- Keep it safe. Being a daredevil or putting our bodies at unnecessary risk is far from what God desires for us. We have been put in charge of our bodies, but remember, they are not ours. We should also stay away from acts that cause damage to our bodies, such as cutting.
- Present it with dignity. From the inside to the outside, it’s important to present ourselves in a manner that is worthy of our Lord who dwells within us. This includes dressing in a manner that is worthy of our value. We must also ensure that the actions we take and the words we speak are reflective of Jesus. This includes not allowing our bodies to be treated in a manner that’s undignified, and not giving ourselves away sexually outside of marriage or using our bodies in a manner outside of what God intended, inside of marriage.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
Ladies, do you treat your body as a temple?