Did you know that God is at home in your body? It’s a strange thought, isn’t it? Perhaps you don’t always feel at home in your body. But Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that God chooses to dwell in your body. “Do you not know,” Paul says, “that your bodies are temples for the holy spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God. You are not your own.You were bought at a price, therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
Take a moment now to meditate for a few moments on this Bible passage and let the words sink deep into your body, this temple that God has given you, and in which the holy spirit dwells. Sit in a nice comfortable position, hands gently relaxed on your upper thighs or by your sides. Eyes closed (after you finish reading this portion of course lol) Pay attention to your body for a moment. Notice any tension you may be holding anywhere in your body, and release it. Now take a deep breath inhaling over 4-6 seconds, filling your lungs. Now slowly release it exhaling just as long as your inhale (4-6 seconds). Repeat these deep breaths at least 2 more times. (stop reading here and perform the deep breathing exercise)
Notice how your heart rate responded. Do you feel more relaxed? More at peace? Can you feel the holy spirit stirring in you? Notice how your Godly Temple feels? Are you still holding tension anywhere? Have you been able to quiet your mind or have you let the events of the day or your to do list creep into your thoughts? Take a moment everyday to quiet your mind and meditate with deep breathing and notice how you feel in your “healthy temple.”
My friends, your body is a gift from God, and God is not ashamed to dwell in it. In fact God sent Jesus to Earth to live, die and rise again in order to be reconciled to you in your body. God asks you to use this good gift, your body, to honor him. He is not asking you to do this with your own strength. God has given you the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you in all wisdom as you make choices with your body and your healthy habits.
Pray: God thank you for knitting me together. Thank you for sending the holy spirit to dwell inside me. Help me to love the body you have given me and to love, honor and nurture it. Help me to use my body for your good works, in ways that will help me love my neighbor and honor you. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Reference: Healthy Living God’s Way (audio guide meditations) on the Bible app