Treat your body like a temple. I know you have heard it before. I certainly know I’ve heard it. Or maybe you’ve heard the flip side of it- treat your body like an amusement park.
In today’s post, I’m going to break down why you need to treat your body like a temple. We’ll discuss the why, and of course, we are going to take a very practical look at the how.
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Treat Your Body Like a Temple- Your body is a temple- You are the temple of God.
What does the Bible say about taking care of our bodies?
Our bodies were intricately made by the creator, our Father God. When most of us think about this topic, we automatically go to the “treat your body like a temple Bible verse.” And, promise, we will get there. But I want to go back a little further first.
One of my grandpa’s favorite Bible Passages was Psalm 139, with very good reason. Let’s look at this passage starting at verse 13:
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14
This goes back to the physical beginning of you… Your body is a temple! Do you see the care that God took in creating your body? He formed your inner parts, he KNIT you together. In this Psalm, David exclaims that this process of human creation is wonderful! His soul couldn’t help but revel at this, in awe and wonder.
Does your soul consider the loving care God took with creating your body? Does your soul rejoice over what God has done for you? I have to be honest. There are many times I take this for granted. Worse than that- I don’t just take it for granted, I wish for better.
I’ve had moments where I’ve looked down at my legs and wish my skin didn’t sometimes look like it had chicken bumps. And of course, I’ve spent many moments staring in the mirror wishing away pimples. And not just wishing them away, but spending good money trying to force improvements and perfection! But it’s not about perfection… it’s about stewarding what we’ve been given!
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Treat your body like a temple… What does that even mean today in this fast, convenient, and often, cruel, world? As I was studying for this new blog post (link in bio), I was struck by the fact that most people (even myself) don’t treat our bodies like a temple… or even close to it. If you’re a Christian, you’ve been through 3 layers of Grace: 1) You were created 2) You were redeemed by Jesus 3) You received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Having claim of those three things makes you a temple of the living God. It’s time to start acting like it. My question to you is this (excerpt from blog): What sort of junk have you been throwing at the temple? Have you been putting it through abuse after abuse? What kind of unkind thoughts have you hurled at it? Answer this for me… when it comes to treating your body like a temple, have you succeeded in caring for your body? Or have you spent more time ignoring or condemning it? #healthylivingtips #fitandfaithful #psalm139 #livewithjoy #bodyisatemple #healthandfitnessblogger #faithquotes #faithfulwomen #thrive
Are you Thankful That Your Body is a Temple?
Where is my grateful heart in those moments? Where is my soul that’s supposed to be gazing in wonder at the glory of God’s creation?
Your body is a temple– let that stir your heart and soul to a place of awe and thankfulness.
The Treat Your Body Like a Temple Bible Verse
There’s actually not just one Bible verse that talks about how your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Here’s a couple of them!
- “19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1st Corinthians 6:19-20
- “16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” – 1st Corinthians 3:16-17
- “27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” – 1st Corinthians 12:27
These verses all come from 1st Corinthians and speak of the fact that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and that we are each parts of the body of Christ. What does that really mean? Your body is a temple of the living God. Let’s break this down further so that we can truly understand how powerful that is.
Treat Your Body Like a Temple – The Why and the Meaning
We’re going to look at the text above from 1st Corinthians and understand what has been done by the Lord for us, and then how we should respond.
There are 3 things (reasons) that tell us why you must treat your body like a temple, and what it means to treat your body like a temple.
First, we were created by God the Father. As we read earlier in Psalm 139, he knit us together in our mother’s womb. Great care was taken. He made it possible for healthy cells to multiply rapidly, somehow some of them became heart cells, some became brain cells, our eyes began to form, and before we knew it… we were whole.
A little farther into Psalm 139, David writes this:
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14
How can our souls not rejoice at this miracle of creation?
So, the first reason we are to treat our bodies like a temple is because we are created by God the Father.
Secondly, we were redeemed by Jesus. Despite our miraculous creation, our hearts often travel far from the Lord. We are all sinners. Jesus stepped down from heaven, lived a perfect life, and through suffering and anguish redeemed us from the pit. We were bought with a price.
When he did this, he gave us opportunity to believe in him, accept him, and receive forgiveness of sins. If we do this, we then receive the Holy Spirit.
This is the third reason why our bodies are a temple. We are a temple of the Living God. The Holy Spirit lives in us.
Your Body is a Temple- Rejoice in that!
So, what does it mean for our bodies to be a temple? It means we have been through 3 levels of God’s care. Creation, redemption, and the bestowing and indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Because of this, there is no greater reason to treat your body like a temple.
How to Treat Your Body Like a Temple
From all we discussed above, it is clear that I am not my own, and that you are not your own. You are a temple of the living God, so it is important that you treat your body like a temple.
But how do we do this?
There’s so much talk about soul care, and that is the most important thing. Our souls are eternal, so that cannot be understated.
Now, in addition to that, God only gave us one body to live in… and that’s the body we’re in.
Let’s imagine the temple of God was a beautiful, physical building in our town. Only good was done at this temple, and it was the place where God lived. The views surrounding the temple were stunning… God’s beautiful creation was very apparent.
Now, imagine this… you and me, and a bunch of our friends come by and just start tossing junk at the temple, and in it. So, now the walls are dirtied, windows are broken, and soon there is a stench. The building no longer looks fully alive… it actually looks terrible. The physical health of the building began to fade.
Now, maybe that’s something we would never do, if God really had a physical home in our town. But here’s the truth: You are God’s temple.
What sort of junk have you been throwing at the temple? Have you been putting it through abuse after abuse? What kind of unkind thoughts have you hurled at it? Answer this for me… When it comes to treating your body like a temple, have you succeeded in caring for your body? Or have you spent more time ignoring or condemning it?
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