Spirituality and Physical Health
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
Studies show that faith can help to promote good physical health and fight disease. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” [New Living Standard translation]
This scripture means that we are held accountable for how we take care of our physical bodies as well as our spiritual walk with God. God cares about our health and how we take care of ourselves. We are in the midst of summer and we need to watch what we eat and be sure we take good care of our health by drinking lots of fluids. This is to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion symptoms and maintain some physical activity. Motivation to maintain our physical activity level can wane in the summer since the heat tends to wipe out our physical strength.
What does it mean that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit written by Got Questions. org wrote “how we behave, think and speak, and what we let into the temple through our eyes and ears becomes critically important as well, for every thought, word and deed is in His view.” When we take care of spiritual health with God, it brings energy inside of us to take care of our overall well being. It is a spiritual connection.
Did you ever hear that expression, “I think my body is talking to me?” Well it does! It is important to listen and to nourish our spiritual self as well as our physical body. By doing so, we feel less stressed, happy and our bodies might respond by having fewer health issues.
Our next Pastoral Seminar will be on August 11th, 2016, and will be about suicide prevention. Contact Lydia D’Ross at 918.438.8016 to RSVP.