Honoring God with Our Bodies
“You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit who is in you. You have received the Holy Spirit from God. So, you do not belong to yourselves, because you were bought by God for a price. So, honor God with your bodies.”-1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Did you know that God created man in His own image (Genesis: 1:27)? That should make us feel special and want to honor God in everything we do, especially with the things we do with our bodies because what we do is done to represent Him and His character. We can honor God by doing what He commands us to do with our bodies.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul is addressing the church in Corinth about their sexual sins. He writes to them about it to remind them how they are supposed to treat their bodies because sexual sin was a big problem among them. When someone has sex outside of marriage or sex with someone other than their spouse, then it is a sin against the body where the Holy Spirit lives. Sexual sin is the worst because it is sin that is committed against one's own body, therefore those who practice it suffer the consequences of the sin in the body (1 Corinthians 6:18).
Romans 12:2 is another Bible passage that address why we should honor God with our bodies. We need to honor God with our bodies by presenting them as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to Him. It is so important because our bodies were bought at a high price, the price that cost Jesus His life (1 Corinthians 6:20). He sacrificed His life to save ours, therefore we can no longer think of our bodies as our own. If we use our bodies the way we want, then we are acting like a thief, taking what does not belong to us. But we should be using our bodies to glorify God, the real owner of them.
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
Thank you for creating us in Your own image. You want us to treat our bodies the way You want us to because our body is Your Holy Temple where the Holy Spirit lives. Help us to live according to Your commands so we can represent You. We want to use our bodies for good and not evil because the evil things we do can hurt us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!