'Your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives.' 1 Corinthians 6:19 CEV
The Bible tells us to eat, drink, celebrate, sing, dance and make music - all things we do with our bodies, and all ways to celebrate how good God is. Our physical lives are not separate from our spiritual lives. After all, it's God's Spirit who makes our bodies come to life.
But if we're not careful, our priorities can shift from God to what we look like. We can become obsessed with our appearance, our weight and our health. God made us with a love of beauty, but the Bible reminds us that: 'Don't be concerned about the outward beauty... Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit that is so precious to God' (1 Peter 3:3-4 TLB). The Bible says: 'God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks into the heart' (1 Samuel 16:7 GWT). Our character is the thing that will last. 'Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting' (Proverbs 31:30 NIV).
The Bible never tells us that wanting to care for our bodies is wrong. In fact, it says: 'Your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives' (1 Corinthians 6:19 CEV). We should respect, care for and honour that temple, but remember that God is more focused on how beautiful we are on the inside.
So what now? Write out 1 Samuel 16:7 and stick it on your mirror. Every time you check how you're looking, read the verse out loud. Be attractive on the inside!
Soulfood: 2 Ki 13-15 Mark 13:1-11 Ps 143 Pro 13:9-10,