“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy and you are that temple.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
I think this is a commonly quoted verse about being healthy and I want to look into this more. A temple is a place that is for worship. Our body is supposed to be used as a way to worship God. This usually opens a can of worms – are piercings okay, what about tattoos, is being overweight bad? I don’t think it’s a black and white situation.
I think it’s about taking care of yourself: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Physically, I think it’s about moderation – eating healthy and working out, but going out for pizza with your friends occasionally. I haven’t been the best at taking care of my body. I quit smoking but substituted with sugar…which helped pack on a few pounds. Now, I’m trying to eat healthy and work out. I think it’s about loving my body no matter what. I think it’s important that we all treat our bodies with respect.
Emotionally, I think it means setting boundaries and maintaining relationships. I think it’s about ensuring that people respect you and if they don’t or are simply toxic people, then you need to eliminate the relationship. It doesn’t need to be in a mean way but simply terminating a relationship to preserve your own sanity and self-worth is our responsibility. I think it means surrounding yourself with good people. I think it means taking time for yourself and pursuing your passions. It’s about being honest and unloading your emotional baggage at the foot of the cross.
Spiritually it means that you’re building your relationship with God every day. It means serving and being involved with your church. It means diving into the Word and studying what He says. It means having godly friends who can help advise you. I think it means finding the balance between the rules and grace. It means being obedient even when it means sacrifice.
What’s your perspective on this verse? How are applying it to your life? As always, we love hearing from you ❤