We diet, exercise, put on make-up, have face-lifts, tummy tucks, lift weights, run, jog, have facials, get a manicure and a pedicure, tattoos, piercings, you name it and we do it to our body. So I want to talk about something that some of you may not like, but read on.
1 Cor.6: 19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. Someone said to me “That is talking about the church, not our body!” I would say that person didn’t read the scripture before they offered their very wrong interpretation of the Word. This verse comes right after Paul is instructing the Corinthians about their sexual immorality, so I would say it is pretty clear that it is talking about our physical bodies.
Recently someone died that I cared about very much and I wondered, “Did this person go to heaven?” I am sure they did because the last time I spoke with them they expressed how sorry they were that they had so miss-treated their body, their Temple, by using drugs in their youth to the point that their liver was totally destroyed and they had developed diabetes. Knowing all of this, they continued to neglect their health to the point that there was no more help for the physical body. Have I seen people healed of this type of liver problem? A resounding YES, why didn’t it happen this time?
I don’t know. What I do know is this; there is forgiveness for all sin. I Cor. 6:11…But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
The most dehumanizing, shame-inducing, memory-riddling sins are not only covered through the washing of Christ’s blood, but we have a totally new way to stand before God given to us! In Christ we are “sanctified”, completely the Lord’s property, “justified”, totally NOT guilty of any past deed, we are completely new, now regarded as a “chaste virgin” in the eyes of the Lord.
Let this truth instruct and reassure all who come to Christ with a depth of moral pollution in their past. Salvation not only brings total forgiveness, Christ brings completed purification!
Don’t let Satan list all of your bad points every time you start to meditate and pray, remind yourself that you are cleansed by the Word, that you are God’s special child, and that He loves you.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.