We all know that the Bible is the book to turn to for spiritual health, but do you know that the Bible also has a lot to say about your physical health? There are plenty of Bible verses that talk about exercise and taking care of your body.
Here are three that will inspire you to go for a jog after your early morning Bible reading.
Run for the win
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The apostle Paul did not use running, boxing, and discipline as illustrations for no reason. Serving the Lord has eternal rewards in the same way that exercise has benefits.
Yes, sticking to a good exercise routine requires huge amounts of discipline but all the sweat pays off. Having the proper weight, a healthier body, a better mood, and even a better sleep are just some of the rewards of regular exercise.
Training the body is wise
A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might.
The book of Proverbs shares a lot of practical tips for everyday life. Of course, this book of wisdom won’t leave out taking good care of your body. Working out isn’t just for taking selfies—starting out a healthy routine may just be one of the wisest decisions you could make.
Honor God with your body
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
We all want our homes tidy and spotless whenever an important guest will visit. But we often forget that our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit. Neglecting the physical state of our body is not a good way of inviting God to his temple. Keeping your body in tip-top shape shows God that we are taking good care of what he bought at a price.
Obviously, God doesn’t just want us to be fit spiritually but also physically. Reading the Bible, prayer and other Spiritual disciplines are important but so is a good workout. You may even be surprised to discover that exercise could supplement your spiritual health. A brisk walk or a light jog may be the perfect addition to quiet moments with God.