“They [our bodies] were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:13b, NLT).

Ever since Adam and Eve experienced shame in the Garden, we’ve had a problem with our bodies. From the notion they are entirely evil and should be completely covered and beaten down, to anything-goes hedonism, our attitudes swing wildly with religious and societal influences. Is there a balanced, godly way to view our bodies?

The Message gives us a hint: “Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body!” Our bodies are an honor, a gift and a way to honor him back. He wants us to take care of them because he cares about us, the Holy Spirit lives in us and through them we fulfill the royal law of love. Now that’s a good body image.

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