God's Temple: Are You Respecting It?
By Kimberly R. Thomas, MPH, CHES
The King James Version of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reads, “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? Therefore glorify God in your body.” A
temple, a place reserved for a special or exalted purpose. Can you
call your body a temple?
Generally, when we think of a temple, we
imagine some place sacred, magnificent, and respected. Some place we
choose to worship—usually a church. We as visitors, members or
caretakers ensure that it is well taken care of and preserved. The
outside is considerably groomed, leaves are raked, lawns are cut, bushes are
sculpted and flowers are watered. The inside is just the same. The
brass is polished, the furniture is dusted, the garbage or waste is disposed of
and the floors are vacuumed.
Likewise, we who respect our bodies take
time to ensure that it is cared for inside and out. Our hair is
neatly combed or cut, perhaps one’s fingernails are manicured weekly, our
clothes are freshly pressed, and to add a little spice, possibly the young lady
has decided to dash her lips with a tent of Fashion Fair Brown Sugar.
This same attention should be given to what
we do to the insides of our bodies as well. Out of convenience,
habit, perhaps a lack of knowledge, and/or cultural influences, daily we eat
foods that are harmful to us or resist the need to engage our bodies in some
health-enhancing physical activity.
Daily we disrespect our bodies—God’s temple—possibly without even knowing
Neglecting physical activity, constantly eating fried foods, submitting
ourselves to diets high in fat and cholesterol and low in important nutrients
makes us vulnerable to many diseases attributed to lifestyle decisions.
Being a soldier of God demands our being ready for battle spiritually, mentally,
emotionally and physically. How can we do battle, when literally we
are out on sick-call due to heart attack, diabetes, weight-induced fatigue or
some other ailment? God says that our bodies are temples, we are His
beings, not our own. We should all remember to respect it as
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