Trainers yell in the faces of people exercising saying, “KEEP ON GOING, I don’t care if you throw up all over the place!” They continue, sometimes amid tears. I have seen some faint dead out, and have to have the medics called in to revive them. Why do we do it?
1 Timothy 4:7-8 Train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” We exercise and work on our physical body, and it is a good thing to care for the Temple of God, which we are. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. More importantly, we need to be concerned for our spiritual well being. I am going to be your trainer for a moment and tell you to work on gaining self-control, over what?
Your Life: Pr.16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Pr. 17:28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
Your body: Romans 6:12-14 That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life…Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.
Your tongue: James 3:2 If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life. Is that too much exercise for one day? I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13
I think the hardest part of that spiritual exercise for most of us is the “tongue” thing! James 3:5 A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
Enough exercise for one day?