I know, Mother’s Day was yesterday and I’m writing a post about mothers. However, what I’m going to say here is evergreen, always relevant. Mothers, take care of yourself, no one else will. In fact, no one else can. God gave you a body, which the Bible calls the temple.
What is a temple
A temple is defined as a place of worship or the dwelling place of a god or gods. The Bible says, “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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (2 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20).
Should you worship your body?
No, that’s not what the passage says. The passage says a temple is a place where people go to worship, like a church or a synagogue or a temple. It’s a sacred place and we should regard it as such. Those of us who are Christians have an honored guest – the Holy Spirit – living inside of us. Therefore, we ought to keep our bodies clean and pure and care for it in the best possible way.
Taking care of our bodies
Eating the right foods, getting the right amount of exercise and rest, and refraining from using harmful substances such as cigarettes, excessive alcohol and illegal drugs is the best way to take care of our bodies. Also, getting regular check-ups- like you would do with your car – and following the doctor’s orders is another way. However, those are not the only ways we look after our temples.
The one that destroys
We must protect our temple from sin. It is insidious, crafty and cunning, and in most cases, it gives no indication that it’s destroying us . We may look great on the outside, but like a cancer, sin is eating us out on the inside,
and guess what? At some point it begins to take a toll on our bodies, and we become ill. I’m not saying that all sickness is the result of sin. Genetics and lifestyle do play a part, but sin, which, by the way, can be a part of your lifestyle, can contribute toward illness.
A plea to mothers
I started this post appealing to mothers to take care of yourselves. Now in conclusion, I am once more making that appeal. Mothers carry a tremendous responsibility. The location of every one’s socks, your children’s future, your pet’s health, your husband’s success all depend on you. You need to be fit – physically, mentally and spiritually. You cannot do it alone. Ask God to help you. If you are not a Christian, ask Jesus to take control of your life and see what a big difference that will make.
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