What is your body saying to others? Are you representing the title for which you hold? Are you speaking about following Christ and your body is saying something different? Is your attendance to church the only difference between you and someone who professes to believe in something/someone other than Jesus?
Our bodies should be in accordance with the things in which we say. Of course, this is not always easy. It is not easy to follow Christ 24/7, when our bodies crave things that are not in-line with God’s will. How do we function in a world that suggests we be free? Free to live and love romantically anyone/anything we choose. Free to speak, mind you, vulgar things and to behave and dress however you please.
Our bodies need to be trained to match the words for which we speak. Our bodies need to be disciplined under purposeful attention. Paul, beat his body into subjection, that while he preached to others he himself would not be cast away. Paul understood his own desire for selfishness and to be exalted above the words of the Lord.
So how do we attempt to make the change in our lives that is lasting? We examine ourselves in the Lord. We measure ourselves against the wisdom found in scripture and see how much or little we are actually living out what it says.
What is our conduct in front of the children or co-worker? Do you curse? When the scripture declares that our words should be peaceable, full of love and edify. Are you preparing to sleep with a woman that is not your wife? When the Bible declares that thoughts of a woman that is not your wife is already committing adultery. Are you racist? Can a black man marry your white daughter if he is full of the Holy Ghost? When the Bible records that God is not a respecter of men.
Many of the above things can be adjusted when the believer positions himself into the love and meditation of God’s word. There is a miraculous power that overtakes the believer who is living holy and he/she finds himself surrounded by the response to love his/her neighbor as himself.
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