8/28 What do you think about your Body?

As we saw in our last post, the Body is vital to the whole inner system of our personality; we cannot separate us from our Body because …. we cease to exist in this physical realm. 

As our physical tent, the Body has five senses that help us survive in the physical dimension in which we exist. Our Body has also been created with basic needs, such as food, rest/sleep, exercise, sex and protection from the elements. Since these are God-given needs, we can learn to honour our Creator’s choice and care for our Body in healthy ways.

However, if those same God-given needs extend into excess wants and desires, we can find ourselves in some self-defeating or destructive behaviours. The Bible refers to this situation as “… the flesh”. When we find these patterns of behaviour, we can also see the battle between ‘the flesh’ and our human spirit.

The Word and the Holy Spirit wants us to live healthy lives.  If we respond to His gentle correction, we can bring peace back to our Boardroom.  This is also known as ‘death to self’ when my flesh and Body want to behave in ways that are ungodly.   Then I have a choice to make: continue down the self-destructive path or allow him to help me overcome as His precious child.

The body can also be influenced by the desires of other board members such as the Heart and the Emotions. This can also be seen in addictive behaviours.  This can happen when 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 Body 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.  Again, we have a choice to make: help ourselves or continue down the slide.

We must learn to appreciate how valuable our body is. 

We learn our attitudes about our body from our early role models.  Since these role models are imperfect, many of our attitudes and expectations are built on false ideas, half-truths and outright lies.

Check out the following thinking patterns:

1.  “From Dust to Dust”:  Some people have picked up the idea that since   the body is but ‘dust’, that its physical needs can be ignored.  Or, we may      treat our body as though it was indestructible, or not worth bothering about.  Do we just discipline the body?  Or do we strive to find a balance between austerity and indulgence?

2. Some people may be expecting too much from the body.  If we are overworking it, over-feeding it or not exercising it enough, it will become dysfunctional.  We need to listen to the body’s aches and pains as messages of what’s going on in the inner system or we will face the consequences of those abuses in the future.

The body can be overextended, driven or addicted in its wants, desires and yearnings.  Some of these needs are Godly, while other wants are not.  We have the choice of which desires we choose to yield to. Like the other members of your inner Boardroom, the body must learn its God-given limits.  It can be out of balance, driven or addicted in its wants, desires and yearnings.  Some of these needs are Godly, while other wants are not.  We have the choice of which desires we choose to yield to.

Like the other members of your personality inner system, the Body must learn its God-given limits.  We need to examine our attitudes toward our body, learn to know the messages it’s sending us and be responsible for the care we give it.  Join us for our next post as we continue to look at attitudes we all have towards this valuable creation, our Body.

God’s Holy Spirit dwells with you in this vessel of clay, the Body.  “Yielding to the flesh….” and following the body’s cravings may be an issue for your Boardroom to discuss and to resolve, especially if you find yourself caught in self-destructive thinking and behaviours.  Like the other members of your personality, the Body has to learn to turn its issues over to the spirit and the Holy Spirit.

So continue with us as we explore how to bring our Body into more Total Wholeness!

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author



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