Wednesday, August 9 | Control Your Own Body – Day 45
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1–8
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
There are few things we can actually control, but we can control what we do with our bodies. Our culture tends to view bodies as a commodity. But God views our bodies as temples of His Holy Spirit, vessels to be treasured and honored. Sexual immorality is one way we can dishonor our bodies, as Paul points out in his letter to the church in Thessalonica. Of course, there are other ways we can dishonor our bodies and treat them as unholy—for example, when we don’t take care of our health by failing to give our bodies the right fuel and rest. God has called us to live a holy life and has given us the ability to do so by giving us the Holy Spirit to guide and empower us.
- What are the positive and negative messages that you’ve received in your lifetime about your body? How have those message impacted how you treat your body?
- What is one step you could take to better honor and control your body, knowing it is a temple of God’s own Spirit?
God, so often I fail to see my body as the temple that it is and I don’t give it enough rest or exercise, or the right food. Forgive me for the ways I have dishonored my body. Protect me and give me strength to resist temptations to use my body in any way other than what is honoring to You. Continue to transform every part of me—including my body—to form me into the likeness of Christ. May it be so.
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