What The Bible Says About Being Healthy
I believe that good health is extremely important to a good life here on earth. This includes physical health, mental health and spiritual health. In the bible God makes it very clear that we are to take care of ourselves holistically. He designed and handcrafted us with love, purpose and care so we need to treat ourselves accordingly. God has given us the task of taking care of the body, mind and soul of ourselves here on earth.
In the bible it states, “ Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6: 19-20). Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit; our bodies are not mistakes, they are perfectly designed by the creator of the universe. Because of this we must practice self-care in all ways, taking care of the whole person God has designed you specifically to be.
As I mentioned before, health is not just physical; it is also mental and spiritual. Mental health is extremely important in being a follower of Jesus Christ. There are so many verses in the bible that are referring specifically to your mental health, some examples are verses about not being anxious. God says in Proverbs 12:25 that “anxiety weights down the heart.” Fear is the enemy of being mentally healthy. Fear is something that God did not originally design for us. Many times it is used as an attack on us by Satan to make sure that we do not make too big of an impact for God.
We were not given the spirit of fear…
“ For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7). Having the mental healthiness to resist fear is extremely important in following Jesus. God is so serious about mental health that the bible says to not be afraid 365 times. That is one reminder for every day of the year! So take the time to care for your mental health. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).
Spiritual health is something that can be slowly built over time. It is arguably the most important of all the types of healthiness. Our souls are real, they are the true us. When our bodies die, our souls continue to either Heaven or Hell. If you accept Jesus as your savior your soul will go to Heaven. Because of this our souls are more real than our bodies could ever be, our bodies are temporary but our soul is forever.
So, taking care of it is a very important job. How do we take care of our souls? We do this by praying, reading the bible and having a personal relationship with God. Getting closer to God is something that will be a life-long journey, but it is the most important journey you can take in this life. Make it a point each day to spend time building your spiritual health.
We are all members of one body…
God meant for us to have happy, joyful and healthy lives. Once humans invited evil in, these things were torn down in many ways on earth. We must resist and try to stay healthy physically, mentally and spiritually- so we can live out our true purpose. “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” (1 Corinthians 12: 18-20). We are all part of one body. So it is important to make it a priority to stay healthy in these three ways because of this: when one organ shuts down, others start to follow in both the physical human body and the body of believers. We must stay healthy and strong as believers and followers of Jesus Christ!
“And he said to him, “You should love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Mathew 22:37).