Word for You

Thursday 23 January

‘Your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you.’ 1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV

Stand on God’s Word (3)

When we’re trying to be healthy. To be healthy, we need to look after our physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. We might not think that the way we eat or exercise is important to God. But the Bible says that our ‘bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit’, so we should make sure we’re honouring God by looking after ourselves. If we’re struggling with our mental health, it’s okay to get professional help. We need to make sure we’re meeting our needs, and loving ourselves so that we can love others well too. And we also need to be putting spiritual disciplines into practice in our lives to help keep our faith healthy too. That might mean we need to build in more time for prayer and Bible reading. It might mean we need to be still and listen to God. Or it might mean we need to meet with other Christians more often. When we’re trying to be healthy in all three areas of our lives, here are some verses we can stand on: ‘Search me…and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life’ (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT); ‘Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT); ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10 NIV); ‘God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control’ (2 Timothy 1:7 NCV). God cares about every part of our lives, so whichever area of our health we think we need to work on, He’ll be right there helping us.

What Now?

Take some time to honestly assess your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Is there an area you need to make some changes? Ask God for the strength to make them.