Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Our Body, God's Temple


I've learned from Scripture that our body is the temple of God.

"Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be! .... one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6: 15-20).

From that biblical view, my body can thus be used as an instrument of righteousness or unrighteousness. So when one violates the body (God's temple) with sin, it is one of the most difficult to share or confess. It's embarrassing. The body as the temple of the Holy Spirit again illustrates how the spiritual dimension of our problems affects our whole person: the body, soul, and spirit.

Join me in saying a freedom prayer: "Lord Jesus, I ask you to reveal to my mind every use of my body as an instrument of sin and unrighteousness. I renounce all of the ways that Satan perverted my attitude toward my body as a result of my past involvement. I announce the truth that I don't have to continue to be a victim of those past experiences. I receive your forgiveness and love, Lord, for I am your child. You are the God who makes all things new. I ask You, Lord, to renew my mind so that I am free to enjoy my body and sex in the way you intended. You have totally cleansed me, that You love and accept me unconditionally. Therefore I can forgive and accept myself. And I choose to do so, to accept myself and my body as cleansed, and to live victoriously in Christ. In Jesus' name, amen."

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