One of the most important things to understand about Christian weight loss is that God cares deeply about your body. The Bible clearly states that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. And, of course, it says that we are made in His image.
Humans are obviously God’s most amazing creation. No other species has our intelligence, phenomenal ability to create, or capacity to love and give so deeply. Interestingly, on a physical level, we are also the only one of God’s creation designed to stand completely vertically. That has deep significance for how we exercise, but let’s hit that in a separate blog article. :)
I was curious about what more the Bible has to say about our bodies and any verses related to its value. Using my trusty Kindle and Today’s New International Version, I searched for the word “body”. Here are 7 that turned up, and I have more on the way…
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.”
~ Leviticus 19:28
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
~ Psalms 139:13-16
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
~ Proverbs 3:7-8
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
Has not the Lord made the two of you one? You belong to Him in body and spirit. And why has he made you one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.
~ Malachi 2:15
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”
~ Matthew 6:25
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
~ Matthew 10:28
Stay tuned for more verses tomorrow and a few points to ponder…