Seven Laws of Good Health

by: Bill Bratt

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The Apostle Paul admonished the people in the Church in Corinth to glorify God in their bodies: "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? {20} For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Cor 6:19-20).

If we are to glorify God in our bodies and our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, then we should try to keep our bodies in good health!

There are Seven Laws that we can apply to help us maintain good health.

1) Maintain a Good Attitude! The mind has a profound effect upon our bodies. Our attitude toward our mates, our family and our coworkers can affect our health. Hatred, bitterness and a bad attitude can have an adverse effect upon us. "Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred" (Prov 15:17).

Develop an attitude of "forgive and forget." Jesus said: ""For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. {15} "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Mat 6:14-15).

Try to have a good attitude and a sense of humor: "A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones" (Prov 17:22).

2) Eat Properly

There is an old saying that: "we are what we eat." Try to eat well balanced, nourishing meals with fresh fruits, vegetables and greens. Stay away from snack foods and avoid crash diets. Drink plenty of water to help eliminate body poisons and to keep your system clean. Avoid the unclean foods mentioned in the Bible in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation (Phil 4:5, 1 Cor. 6:9-10).3) 

Cleanliness

Cleanliness is next to godliness. This phrase is not in the Bible but the principle is correct. See Leviticus 11:29-47 for some examples.

The Apostle Paul said: "that He (Jesus) might sanctify and cleanse her (the Church) with the washing of water by the word" (Eph 5:26). This is a spiritual principle that when Jesus sanctifies us, it is like washing us with water, to clean us up spiritually.

Proper cleanliness, bathing and grooming helps a person to maintain good health and will encourage him to keep his thoughts on a higher level and closer to God.

4) Sunshine and Fresh Air

Go outside and expose yourself to some sunshine and breathe deeply. Many of us are desk jockies and work inside an office most of the day. When you get the opportunity, go outside and take a deep breath of fresh air. Every cell of our human bodies needs oxygen to function properly.

Notice that Adam was given the "breath of life": "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (Gen 2:7).

5) Exercise

Exercise helps to strengthen our hearts and muscles, increases our blood circulation, stimulates deep breathing and helps us to release stress. If you have a problem with vigorous exercise and canít do ten push-ups, then go for a walk. This can be economical and enjoyable. Go out for a walk with your mate or a friend and use the time for talking and developing your friendship. If you donít have anyone to walk with, take your walkman and listen to a sermon tape.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy: "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come" (1 Tim 4:8). Notice that Paul did not say "not to exercise", his point is that the spiritual things are more important than the physical things.

6) Rest

It is interesting that the Sabbath commandment commands us first "to work" and then to "rest from our work": ""Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. {9} Six days you shall labor and do all your work, {10} but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. {11} For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it" (Exodus 20:8-11).

We all need sufficient rest and sleep for our bodies to recuperate and to recharge our batteries. With the proper rest and sleep we will be alert and ready for a full day of activities.

7) Avoid Injury

Many people are careless in how they live and accidents can occur quickly that will change their lives forever.

When driving your car, be patient and courteous to other drivers to avoid accidents. Donít drive and drink.

In Conclusion:

We need to repent of abusing our bodies that God has given us: "If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are" (1 Cor. 3:17).

Apply these seven physical laws of good health and spiritually you can "glorify God in your body."