Our Bodies are a Temple of the Holy Spirit of God: Part 3
In the previous articles we looked at God taking up residence in the Believer’s body, making our bodies temples of the Holy Spirit and therefore the call to care for God’s Holy place. [CLICK HERE] to read more about that. Today we are going to look at what Biblical self-care actually looks like.
Admittedly this can be a very touchy subject. We have to be clear on what God’s Word actually says so we do not get trapped in a snare of obsessing about our bodies, or the other extreme of not caring at all about our health. Neither of these honor God. So what exactly is a Believer supposed to do? Let’s look for direction from the source of truth.
The Bible gives several verses about putting others before ourselves…
- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others.”—Philippians 2:3-4
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’”—Mark 12:30-31
Jesus makes it clear that we should love others, and the Apostle Paul echoes this in his letters. We know as Believers that we should love others as Christ has loved us. However, it can get muddled at times because we can both neglect ourselves out of doing “good works” and feel exhausted, or we put ourselves above others, and dare I say, before God.
Jesus does not say that we should not care for ourselves. In fact, that would contradict the call to care for our bodies as a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. What He says is that we care for others as ourselves.
God knows that we naturally care and think of ourselves. This is appropriate and natural. Jesus takes it a step further and asks us to care for others the same way. I cannot help but think that to care for others we have to care for ourselves, appropriately.
In the previous articles about God’s Holy Temple [CLICK HERE] we looked at having enough mental and physical energy to fight the good fight and finish the race (see 2 Timothy 4:7).
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