Out of Balance: Health-wise

 Christians, of all people, shouldn’t place the highest value on what God gives a lower value. Physical exercise helps many people be healthier. That’s good! But God says there is an exercise vastly more important! I Timothy 4:8 gives us what God says matters most: “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” Bodily exercise profits (a) little but Godliness is eternally profitable. Why, then, do we often give more attention to exercising our bodies than to the Godly exercising of our souls? In I Timothy 4:7, God commands: “….exercise thyself (rather) unto godliness.” How do we do that? By disciplined determination to study God’s Word, apply it to our lives and become proficient in understanding it and using it. We must also pray in the Spirit (letting Him bring rest to our hearts) and have a healthy Spiritual diet of milk and meat. We also need to avoid spiritual junk food. Godly counsel can “coach” us  toward maximum results. Carefully think on these thoughts in a hymn by J. Newton: “Come my soul, thy suit prepare; Jesus loves to answer prayer; He Himself invites thee near, bids thee ask Him, waits to hear. Lord, I come to Thee for rest; take possession of my breast; there Thy blood-bought right maintain, and without a rival reign. While I am a pilgrim here, let Thy love my spirit cheer; as my guide, my guard, my friend, lead me to my journey’s end. Show me what I have to do; every hour my strength renew; Let me live a life of faith, let me die Thy people’s death.” Selah! Not a few spend much time, money and energy to be physically fit. What are we going to give to Godly exercise?     Ron

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