What The Bible Says About Food And Healthy Living

Many people today are interested in food and fitness. More and more people are overweight, out of shape, and in poor health, physically and emotionally.

Consider these key Bible verses on food and fitness. GOD WANTS US TO TAKE CARE OF OUR BODIES. God’s blessing of good health begins with our souls.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2).

The Lord guides us into healthy living, watering our lives like a garden.

“The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:11, NLT).

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Our bodies are sacred temples for God’s Spirit.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

Honor your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

HEALTHY EATING HABITS

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Using food for comfort isn’t helpful

“Food does not bring us near to God” (1 Corinthians 8:8a).

Think before you eat: What am I feeling? How much do I really need?

“When you go out to dinner with an influential person, mind your manners. Don’t gobble your food, don’t talk with your mouth full. And don’t stuff yourself; bridle your appetite” (Proverbs 23:1-3, MSG).

Bring your anxieties to God (not to food)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Also, having a Worrying about food wastes time and life.

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“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. 

Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:25-27).

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