Body Belongs to God
know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your own? for ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1
Cor. 6:19, 20
Life is a gift of God. Our bodies have
been given us to use in God's service, and He desires that we shall care for
and appreciate them. Our bodies must be kept in the best possible condition
physically, and under the most spiritual influences. . . .
A pure, healthy life is most favorable
for the perfection of Christian character and for the development of the powers
of mind and body.
The law of temperance must control the
life of every Christian. God is to be in all our thoughts; His glory is ever to
be kept in view. We must break away from every influence that would captivate
our thoughts and lead us from God. We are under sacred obligations to God so to
govern our bodies and rule our appetites and passions that they will not lead
us away from purity and holiness, or take our minds from the work God requires
us to do.
Those who serve God in sincerity and
truth will be a peculiar people, unlike the world, separate from the world.
Their food will be prepared, not to encourage gluttony or gratify a perverted
taste, but to secure to themselves the greatest physical strength, and
consequently the best mental conditions. . . .
Our heavenly Father has bestowed upon us
the great blessing of health reform, that we may glorify Him by obeying the
claims He has upon us.... The harmonious, healthy action of all the powers of
body and mind results in happiness; the more elevated and refined the powers,
the more pure and unalloyed the happiness.
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