8/17 Your Home: Your Body and Total Wholeness

So far in our blog on Total Wholeness, we have discussed the main 7 members that form your personality.  We have been concentrating on ‘The Body’ in the part of our blog.  We have defined the body as ‘The physical outer shell that houses our spirit and our being.  However, because our modern worldview has been influenced by Greek philosophy and Greek thinking, we have tended to minimize the importance of the body.

The Bible gives the body more significance than we are ordinarily taught in the modern western culture. It is to be viewed with dignity and not just a necessary addition to the spirit. Hebrew thinking perceives the body as an outward expression or physical extension of the spirit or ‘inner man’ .

The human spirit would have difficulty existing without the physical context of the body, and the body is our Creator God’s idea of an interface between the spirit and physical universe or realm.

Myles Monroe puts it this way, “In order to fulfil His design and intention of ruling the earth through a physical representative, God then placed the spirit man He created into a physical shell, a body fashioned from the dust.” The body is also subject to death and will return to the dust from which it was made. The Bible indicates that the aging and death process that all creation experiences is the direct result of sin and rebellion.   (Romans 6:23)

So we all begin with a body created by God with certain features that are generally unchangeable, particularly in the area of gender. Gender confusion is a deep issue, usually of the heart, but it is important that we honour God’s choice of sex for us, and receive counselling if this issue is causing significant problems.

The Body has Needs

The body has five senses that help us survive in the physical dimension in which we exist. Our bodies have been created with basic needs, such as food, rest/sleep, exercise, sex and protection from the elements. Those needs sometimes extend into wants and desires that can become self-defeating or destructive. The Bible refers to an excess of these desires as “the flesh”.

The body can also be influenced by the desires of other board members such as the heart and the emotions. This can be seen in addictive behaviours, where the pain resides in the heart, and the heart looks for pain relief, engaging the body in the process. Anything that we use, and sometimes abuse, to relieve inner pain, usually adversely affects our bodies in the long term. The body in turn can become chemically dependent on the substances used, as in the case of cigarettes, alcohol, or even food.

The Effects of Emotions on the Body 

We introduced Don Colbert MD’s book, ‘Deadly Emotions’, which deals extensively with the physical effects of emotions on the body, such as long term anger, hostility, bitterness and resentment and their role in the disease process. Whilst emotions and the heart are other boardroom members we will be learning about further on, it is important to point out that their condition almost always eventually has an effect on the body. Dr Colbert links anger and hostility with hypertension and coronary artery disease, repressed anger with migraines, and fybromyalgia, and resentment, bitterness, un-forgiveness and self hatred with Auto-immune disorders such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis.

There is good news however, because, as we begin to work with our boardroom some of the deeper issues of the various board members become apparent. Jesus’ heart is to bring healing and restoration to each one, so that we can be whole and function as he created us. So a healthier body will be the outworking of a healthy boardroom.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author




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