Perspective On The Spirituality Of Physical Fitness

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What does physical fitness have to do with spirituality? Some may think they are not related, but I believe there is a definite connection between them.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 explains the relationship loud and clear: 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

This makes it very clear that the body and the soul are reciprocally connected. Our bodies should be treated with great respect. We honor or respect our bodies by exercising and proper diet. We shouldn’t put harmful substances, such as illicit drugs or junk foods, into our bodies. Hence, Christians – as well as other faiths – should make fitness and health a priority in a our everyday life.

Part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is self-control, so Christians need to learn how to avoid overeating, select healthy meals, and exercise regularly.

Esau, the brother of Jacob, sold his birthright for a bowl of stew because his appetite controlled his judgment. Many Christians, as well as other faiths,  have done the same. We miss out on certain spiritual blessings simply because we can’t say no to the temptation of certain foods we should not be eating.

God has promised the righteous a long life, but that isn’t an automatic guarantee. Long life requires intelligence and wisdom, which includes healthy eating, regular exercise, proper rest and stress management.

If people constantly eat a lot of junk foods, they shouldn’t be alarmed if they end up with heart problems, high blood pressure, or diabetes. So instead of eating merely for pleasure, eat for your good health

Remember though that a healthy diet and physical exercise without godliness or spiritual exercise is in vain. Timothy 1 4:7-8. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.





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