My Body, God's Temple
by Tara Blake Hatton on April 20th, 2016

… for God bought you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:20
 
For a while God has been convicting me to be more intentional about honoring Him with my body in terms of my physical health and well-being, namely my diet and exercise (or lack thereof).  Scripture tells me that my body is not my own.  My body belongs to my Heavenly Father as a sacred temple of His Holy Spirit.  I was bought and redeemed at the price of Jesus’ shed blood and broken body on the cross.  I am no longer a slave to sin and death, I now belong to Christ.

While all of the above is Biblically true it’s not really what this verse speaks to.  The danger of taking a verse out of context is that instead of receiving the real message we may shape it to fit our own purposes.

It’s easy to talk about my struggles, shortcomings, and failures with food and exercise because most of us share in those struggles.  Who among us doesn’t want to lose a few pounds?  Anyone feel like you exercised too much last week?  Probably not.  

But this verse does not refer to honoring God with our bodies in regards to diet and exercise.


​When we read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 we see that verse 20 specifically speaks to honoring God with our bodies in regards to sexual sin.

The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (1 Cor 6:13)

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! (1 Cor 6:15)

But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.  (1 Cor 6:17-18)

 
Wow.  Sin is hard to talk about.  Sexual sin is really hard to talk about.


For days now I have been wrestling with God, asking Him what He would have me share in regards to this verse.  The enemy has me afraid.  Afraid of judgement and condemnation, that you may judge me or feel that I am condemning you.

But I don’t want to be afraid.  Because it really doesn’t matter what you or I think.   

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
 

The apostle John wrote:  “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)  We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23)  

It is not my responsibility to debate what is and isn’t sexual sin.  Despite what our culture and modern society say the Bible is clear in regards to sexual sin.  

 
It is also not my right to condemn or judge anyone else.


When I gave my life to Christ and began to follow Him He started to convict me in certain areas of my own sexual sin.  In particular He brought to my attention some shows I was watching and books I was reading.   Maybe the same is true for you.  Or He may be convicting you in other areas.

Perhaps you have been indulging in lustful thoughts about someone other than your spouse.  When speaking of lust in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said:  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

 
Our thoughts have power.  But we are not powerless.  


When we ask Christ to help us take our thoughts captive, to make them obedient to Him, He will.  (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Maybe you are currently engaged in a relationship that you know does not have God’s approval.  Perhaps you feel like the adulterous woman, caught in the midst of an affair, about to face judgement.

Jesus did not condemn her nor He allow the condemnation of others.  To her accusers He said:  “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”  

No one could throw a stone.  No one was without sin.  And neither are we.  

When they had each dropped their stone and walked away Jesus said to her:  “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.”  
 
And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

 
Let’s drop our stones, shall we?  


Instead of pointing out the sins of everyone else can we ask Jesus to help us see our own sin more clearly?

I challenge you today, be alone with Jesus; be quiet and still before Him.  

Allow Him to lovingly search your soul.  

Feel His gaze upon you, hear His voice gently and tenderly say to you:  

“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

​Blessings Soul Friends
Today's blog is part of our #SoulDeep Scripture Reading series - #GodsMasterpiece
 
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​My name is Tara. I am a mama, a wife, a teacher, a sister, a daughter, and most importantly a follower of Jesus and a child of God. I have two little boys who love to run and jump and yell and scream and seem to love being attached to their Mama; Smith who is 6 and Charlie James who is 3. I have also been blessed with a “bonus” child, my stepdaughter Kaleigh, who just turned 12 and does her best to tolerate the antics of her little brothers.

​Connect with Tara on her blog at: http://storyofmyheart.org


Posted in Soul Deep Scripture    Tagged with #GodsMasterpiece, value, sin, 1 Corinthians


6 Comments

Lori - April 20th, 2016 at 4:59 PM
Tara,

What a wonderfully written post and such an important reminder!
For me, today, it affirms the choice I made, last year, to walk away from my job. It was a place I worked for six years. I was led there through one of the ministries I had been serving in. I was certain that would be the company from which I would retire.
Yet, last year the feelings kept rising up in me that I had to move on. I did not even realize all of the reasons, but now, nine months out, I know it was because of the mental adultery and unpure thoughts that were prevalent. This was not the only reason, but I am realizing the main one God had for wanting me out.
It became too easy for me to go along with the flirty behavior, dirty jokes, texts from married men....you know, it's the bosses, so it must be okay.
I was not being true to who I am and, more importantly, I was not behaving as I knew I should.

In this age of the Internet and people having access to so much inappropriate content, I think we are often blind to the blatant harassment, which is everywhere.
These types of reminders are helpful to read.

Lori
Kim Stewart - April 20th, 2016 at 5:21 PM
What a beautiful post, Tara, one my heart needed to hear!
Christine - April 20th, 2016 at 9:09 PM
A brave and beautiful post! Thank you for sharing with all of us!
Jenn T - April 20th, 2016 at 9:51 PM
I really enjoyed your post. A great reminder that everything we have on earth, including our own bodies, are on loan from God and we need to honor it and all other things in such a way. Thank you for being so brave to post this. =)
cassie - April 21st, 2016 at 11:22 AM
Beautifully written and so convicting! Thank you for sharing your heart
Betsy de Cruz - April 21st, 2016 at 5:09 PM
Thank you for your brave words today. We'd rather not talk about these things, but these struggles have more power in our lives when we hide them. Half the battle against Satan is bringing his attack to the light. Thank you.
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