It does matter what perspective you have about your body. In history there have been many insights about the human body. It was seen as a prison of the soul, it was neglected, considered something secondary.
I remember the last centuries mystic monk who lived literally on a stand, punishing his body. When a worm fell off his skin, he took the worm, put it back, saying: Eat creature of God.
„Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God”, Jesus is saying. In Romanian „your mistake” is translated with „you get lost”. So, it’s easy to get lost. Just ignore the Bible and what God is sharing to you.
The Word places a great emphasis on the way we look at the body, the teachings are very clear and they can release some of the misconceptions we might have.
Jen Wilkin presents below five lies about our body, bringing them in the light of God.
Lie #1: Your body is decorative. It should be used to attract the attention of men and the envy of women. What matters most is how it looks.
Truth: Your body is useful. It should be used to accomplish the good works that God ordained for you to do. What matters most is what it does.
Lie #2: Your body’s appearance is flawed but fixable. You are not the right size, shape, or color. But you can (and should) go to enormous effort and expense to change that.
Truth: Your body’s appearance is designed by God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, according to a plan. Because God is a God of infinite creativity, people come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors.
Lie #3: Your body is a source of power. It can and should be trained, toned, and preserved from all signs of age. Its level of attractiveness or strength can and should be leveraged to give you dominance over and independence from others.
Truth: Your body has a set of limits. It succumbs to hunger, fatigue, exposure, injury, illness, and age. Its fragility and fleeting vigor should point you toward submission to and dependence on a strong and eternal God.
Lie #4: Your body is yours. You are its owner. You may neglect it, obsess over it, indulge it, punish it, pamper it, or alter it as you wish.
Truth: Your body is not yours. You are its steward. Because you were bought with a price, all decisions about and behaviors toward your body must be run through a filter: „Does this glorify God in my body?”
Lie #5: Transforming the outside will fix the inside. By making changes to your body, you can change the condition of your heart. You can have more self-confidence, better self-esteem, and greater happiness.
Truth: Transforming the inside will make peace with the outside. A mind being progressively transformed by the gospel rejects the worship of self and the futile pursuit of happiness. By pursuing holiness, your attitude toward your body will change as you learn to love it as a good gift from God.
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