Both my Nana and Papa were dirt poor during the depression and learned to take care of what they were given and earned. The same is with bodies. To take meticulous care of our bodies given by God, we are showing Him grattitude for what He's given us: The opportunity to live His Love.
I thank God for helping me get to the gym every night after work. Feeling the oxygen in my brain (Lord knows my butt's got a long ways!) feels good again and keeps the Spirit dancing in me. Which is what I missed.
---Nicola on 4/7/08|
I don't think Christians live in the gym more than any other group of people.
Obesity is epidemic. Gastric bypasses, diet programs are on the rise. I believe surgery is used more than the gym to take off weight.
---Sally on 4/5/08|
The Bible says that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Would you want the Holy Spirit to live in a messy, broken down, unhealthy vessel?
---Leslie on 2/11/07|
It is true, we are representing God, So we want to look nice. I can tell you, when you go out, God wants you to look nice. At least that is what He told me. Take care of yourself. How will you be able to really serve God, if you are sickly. I agree with RECECCA D, YOUR SPIRITUAL health is most important.
---catherine on 2/11/07|
If some people don't take care of their bodies, then they will die an earlier age. There is nothing wrong with people staying fit. But the more important question is how many christians worry more about their appearance than their relationship with God? You'de be suprised of how many worry more about the outside then the inside.
---Rebecca_D on 2/11/07|
**So many Christians live in the gyms today.**
I don't know any Christians who live in gyms, Zarpie, and I'll bet next month's rent that you really don't, either.
And even if you did, is that any of your business what they choose to do with their time and money?
---Jack on 2/9/07|
We might be waiting a long time for that new body so why wait in pain, breathless, exhausted, spotty, too fat, too thin, deaf, short sighted, bunions, limping, etc. when we can do something about it? Yes we'll have a new body but God surely intends us to look after the one that we occupy right NOW for as long as we can and He has provided many skilled people to help us do just that.
---m.p.a. on 2/8/07|
We can overdo anything including taking too much care for our physical bodies. But keeping fit and eating healthy is our responsibility. We are stewards of everything God has given us including our bodies which we are asked to present to Him as a living sacrifice. I think we owe Him the best possible sacrifice without being vein about it.
---john on 2/8/07|
Yes. Fitness does profit. We can't do the work of an evangelist if we are sick. We should care about our health because God does. 1Peter 2:24 says"...by Whose stripes you were healed". God cared so much for us that He put our sicknesses on Jesus so that we wouldn't have to carry them.
---Rickey on 2/8/07|
Its the ones who r couch potatoes that we should worry about, not the gym people.Definitely we need to take care of our bodies..IT IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT..If u think we shouldnt bother, then your yonder other side...
---mere on 2/7/07|
The problem with any form of carnality is that the next greatest evil is not so bad in degree and thereby easily rationalized.
That's what makes it so important to know when to hang your pleasures up and get dressed; having busied hands and new sense of urgency. There's people out there that need to hear the word and see the life of Christ as real if maybe for the first time ever.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
---Pharisee on 2/7/07|
"Yes", a Christian should be concerned about their health. We are spiritual beings in human bodies, and that makes us subject to every illness, therefore, we should be concerned about our health. Christians are a temple of the Holy Spirit -"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are"
1 Cor 3:16-17 (KJV)
---wivv on 2/7/07|
We care and show compassion for all things; they belong to God because they are God! God has intended for us to live long & strong. It is the strength of Christ and the long life (eternal life) from faith in the word of God, which we are to abide in. So do not think of your health as your own. We are stewards of these vessels, journeying through this world; sharing the Love, Joy and Peace of Christ! And you wont do that to well or to long in a poor state of health.
---Shawn.M.T on 2/7/07|
I remember being overweight and struggling with shoe laces on my sneakers, because it was hard to bend over. I started exercising and lost weight. Now I continue to go to the gym to work out so I do not become overweight again. It's good to be healthy.
---elena5773 on 2/7/07|