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Take care of your body

'Honour God with your body.' 1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT

We can often focus on our mental health and getting our minds in line with God's truth, and forget that we should be doing the same for our bodies. The Bible says: 'Honour God with your body' (1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT). This means treating our bodies well. The Bible doesn't promote particular diets, exercise plans or prescribe how many hours of sleep we need each night. We need to be asking him for wisdom to make decisions that are going to help and nourish our bodies.

The Bible encourages us to have self-control (have a look at Galatians 5:23). This doesn't just apply to those of us who have neglected the care of our bodies, but also to those who have become obsessed with the care of theirs. With so much information thrown at us about dieting and exercising, and what's good or bad for our health, it's easy to become focused on these things.

In 1 Timothy 4:8 it says: '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' (NIV). While taking care of our bodies is of 'some value' and definitely important, it's not to be our main area of focus. We need to be seeking God and growing a godly character - things that have eternal value.

So what now? Think of one thing you could start (or stop) doing to improve your physical health. And then think of two things you could do to help you develop a more godly character.

Soulfood: Exo 36-38 Luke 15:1-10 Ps 27 Pro 7:10-20,

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