Honouring God with your body (1 July 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Read:  

Some of you say, “We can do anything we want to.” But I tell you that not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me. You also say, “Food is meant for our bodies, and our bodies are meant for food.” But I tell you that God will destroy them both. We are not supposed to do indecent things with our bodies. We are to use them for the Lord who is in charge of our bodies.

(1 Corinthians 6.12-13)

Reflect: 

Corinth was known as a place of excess and sexual promiscuity. Paul is talking here about honouring God with our bodies as he refers to some specific lifestyle issues including food and sex. Our bodies are important to God; we use them to serve God and to glorify God. To honour God with our bodies, among other things, means keeping them as healthy as possible.

Respond: 

Consider how you can honour God with your body today – is there an unhealthy habit that you could change?  What steps can you take towards a healthier lifestyle?

Midday Meditation:

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.  

(A prayer of St. Augustine)

Evening Reflection:

Shout praises to the Lord! Shout the Lord’s praises in the highest heavens.
All of you angels, and all who serve him above, come and offer praise.

Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars, come and offer praise.
Highest heavens, and the water above the highest heavens, come and offer praise.

(Psalm 148)

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