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How to Be a Healthy Christian – Chapter 4

By Richard W. De Haan

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4   Guidelines for Physical Well-Being

The science of medicine has made tremendous strides. In recent years New drugs, advanced diagnostic procedures, and improved surgical techniques have greatly increased our life expectancy and improved its quality. Many people, for instance, who a decade or two ago would have died from a heart attack are now able to live active and productive lives, thanks to open heart surgery. Advances in eye care have allowed many people who would have gone blind to enjoy their sight. Those who through accident have lost arms and legs are now fitted with artificial limbs that function almost tike natural ones. And a we’re told that corrective genetic surgery is being done experimentally., Truly, the marvels of medical science are breathtaking!

In spite of everything that modern technology is providing for our benefit, however, we still have a personal obligation to do what we can to maintain our physical well-being. There are things that we ourselves should b doing to protect and preserve our health. And Christians in particular are to treat their bodies properly. They are, after all, temples of the Holy Spirit.

I am going to give you four guidelines for physical well-being:

  • Eat Properly
  • Rest Adequately
  • Exercise Sensibly
  • Think Wholesomely

Eat Properly

As one reads the Lords instructions to the children of Israel, it is evident that He was concerned about the food they ate. In fact according to Leviticus 11and Deuteronomy 14, only those animals that chewed the cud and had split hooves were approved for food. The only fish they can eat were those with gills and fins. Scavenger birds and those creeping things

These dietary regulations apply to Israel only and we have no obligation to obey them. But the fact remains that worms most likely infest those scavenger birds and animals. God promised Israel that He will bring them to the land of “milk and honey”. The land with plenty of fruits and vegetables, olive oil, wheat and barley, pomegranates, and non-fatty meats. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, so we have to be wise in choosing the food that we eat. The failure to control our lust for food is a sin.  We must eat nourishing foods in proper amounts and ought to avoid that which we know is harmful to our bodies.

Rest Adequately

In Exodus 20:9, 10, the Lord gave the Israelites this command:

9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.”

Rest for the body is a human necessity. People who know how to rest are able to accomplish more than those who don’t. We should recognize the fact that these bodies require periods of rest. Wise is the person who respects that need and does what he should to meet it.

Exercise Sensibly

Bodily exercise can contribute much to our physical well-being. We should therefore do our best to look and feel our very best.

Think Wholesomely

Right thinking is a vital factor in maintaining physical health. This is because there is a definite relationship between the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical elements of our being. The mind has a mysterious and powerful influence to the body.

Yes, the thinking-feeling part of us can have a profound effect on our physical health. It’s possible therefore, to find case histories of people developing physical afflictions such as ulcers, high blood pressure, headaches, and hives when experiencing an emotional upset. Vengeful feelings, hatred, and loss of self-esteem are just a few of the emotions that trigger physical afflictions.  .

So, Christian friend, don’t let your mind dwell on the morbid. Don’t let every pain throw you into a panic. Think of yourself, body and soul, as being created by God, loved by Him and destined by Him for a wonderful eternity. Think of using your time and talents in His service and for His glory. Rejoice in the confidence that the One who made you will take care of you until He calls you home. Read the Bible everyday. Fix your mind on the Lord, His greatness, power, wisdom, love, and grace. Thoughts that are God-centered can contribute to a good attitude, which will in turn benefit your physical well-being. Yes, it will help you to be a healthier Christian.

If you have never received the Lord Jesus, you must first of all be born again, born from above, born of the Spirit of God. You are dead in sins, and you need a new life. Jesus himself said:

“I have come that they may have a life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”.(John 10:10)

Believing on Christ, accept Him as your Savior. The Bible tells us in Romans 10:13 that “whoever calls upon the Lord shall be saved.” Doing that, you become a member of God’s family. You are saved from your sins. You are given a new life. With Christ dwelling within, and with the strength and power He provides, you can become what God wants you to be – a spiritually healthy Christian.

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