The Physical Body

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Volumes are written about the mind, our emotional makeup, our “inner man,” the soul, the spirit and the spiritual dimension. But by comparison, very little is being said by evangelicals today about the physical body.

  • We are to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God (Rom. 12:1).
  • We are instructed not to yield any part of our bodies as instruments of unrighteousness to sin (Rom. 6:12–13).
  • Our bodies are actually “members of Christ” (1 Cor. 6:15).
  • Our bodies are actually “temples” literally inhabited by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19).
  • We are expected to “glorify God” in our bodies (1 Cor. 6:20).
  • We are to become students of our bodies, knowing how to control them in honor (1 Thess. 4:4).

You see, these bodies of ours can easily lead us off course. It isn’t that the body itself is evil; it’s just that it possesses any number of appetites that are ready to respond to the surrounding stimuli . . . all of which are terribly appealing and temporarily satisfying.

Let me ask you: Do you know your body? Are you aware of the things that weaken your control of it? Have you stopped to consider the danger zones and how to stay clear of them?

Personal purity is an attainable goal.

Do you know your physical danger zones and how to stay clear of them? Personal purity is an attainable goal.

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Taken from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson.

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.