The week’s devotion focused on tips for healthy living, an important and fundamental to good health and longevity. God created us in His image and is concerned about what we take into our bodies since we are stewards of our bodies. ‘We are what we eat’ by Alice Waters reiterates that illnesses, social unrest, economic disparities, and environmental degradation are a result of the food we eat. Paul is urging us in 1 Corinthians 10:31 to glorify God in whatever we do whether eating or drinking, while Proverbs 25:27a states “it is not good to eat too much honey”. God is interested in what the body is used for either unhealthy eating, drinking alcohol, smoking, living sedentary lifestyles, self-medications, use of illicit drugs and immoral sexual activity.
Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not the absence of disease or illness (WHO,1946). This explains that an individual who is sound physical, has good social support, and is psychologically stable is healthy and not when you are free from diseases. Therefore, the individual, family, peers, community, and the state contribute to the health of an individual and hence must be circumspect not to negatively influence the health of one another.
The Scripture help to direct, correct, encourage and rebuke us, so we do not miss our providential way. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in us given by God, and we do not belong to ourselves, for God bought us with a high price. So you must honour God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)