“You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 AMP
How do we honor God with our body?
(1) By living a Healthy lifestyle.
We have a duty to protect our bodies, care for them, and honor God with them. That means eating healthy, getting the proper balance of exercise and rest; and abstaining from unhealthy habits that impact our health. Overindulgence in any area is unhealthy, and therefore sinful. (Read: Proverbs 23:21)
(2) By living a life of sexual purity.
God isn’t trying to deprive us by admonishing us to live a life of sexual purity, He is protecting us. (Read: 1 Corinthians 6:18)
(3) By wearing modest clothing and adornment.
Dressing modestly doesn’t mean we have to dress old fashioned. It doesn’t mean we can’t wear jewelry or try to look our best. We should however, remember that we are representatives of Christ. You can wear stylish clothes without being indecent. (Read: 1 Timothy 2:9-10)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for purchasing me – body, soul and spirit. Help me to bring You honor and glory with my body. As a representative of Christ I want others to see Jesus in all I say and do.
“Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.” Proverbs 19:20-21 AMP
I can only imagine how different things might have been if I had been willing to seek godly counsel and receive correction when I was younger. You see, God has a purpose for your life, but Satan will do everything he can to distract you from that purpose.
There is no shame in seeking godly counsel. In fact today’s scripture affirms this as a path to wisdom. Often times we are afraid to ask for advice because we know in our heart that our plans are not rooted in God’s purpose.
Prayer: Father, thank You for creating me with a purpose. Help me to be willing to put my plans aside to follow You. Bring spiritual mentors into my life to counsel, instruct and correct me when I am getting off course.
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14 NKJV
When I think of all the things that divide us in the World, it is hard to imagine being at peace with everyone. Peace, like forgiveness, does not mean the inappropriate behavior of others is acceptable. It means we rise above the behavior and actions of others to reflect the holiness of Christ in us.
When we respond to injustice rather than reacting to it, we open the door for others to see the righteousness of Christ in us and therefore to see God through us.
Romans 12:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:15, and 1 Peter 39 all admonish us not to repay evil for evil. As Jesus hung on the cross He cried, “Father forgive them.” He chose to respond in love rather than react with vengeance.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You love me in spite of my sins. Thank You for paying the price for my redemption and setting an example for me to live at peace with others. Help me to be a reflection of Your holiness so that others may see Christ in me and through me.