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By: Laura M Miller

World Health Organization defines good health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being; not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”  This definition is a good beginning, but good health from a biblical perspective intertwines the physical, mental, and social aspects with spiritual health and a heart willing to do God’s work. Together these provide an easy five-finger approach to grasping true health and answering the “Why do we?” questions about health from a Christian perspective, in other words, God’s way.

Why is it so important to take care of our bodies? In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul writes, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies” (NIV). This verse is a solemn reminder that as representatives of the image of God, good health habits are not only an important component needed to fulfill our God given purpose, but serve as an example to others of how to care for their bodies in a way that results in complete health for their good and God’s glory.

If we merely choose society’s views of good health that focuses more on the physical, mental, and social aspects, we will miss out on the core components of spiritual health and “a heart that is ready and willing to do God’s work” (Katy McCown – Proverbs 31 Ministry). Thankfully, God, our great physician has provided us with instruction on how to have complete health in His owner’s manual, the Bible. Here are some condensed guidelines to help achieve complete health God’s way and avoid long term health consequences:

Physical Health:

  • Develop healthy eating/drinking habits.
  • Participate in consistent exercise.
  • Practice discipline.
  • Get adequate sleep each night.

Mental Health:

  • Develop important life skills.
  • Learn healthy coping skills.
  • Participate in stress management activities.

Social Health:

  • Educate and update yourself on relevant social health issues. 
  • Make and keep regular health check-up appointments with qualified health professionals.
  • Interact regularly in healthy relationships with family and friends.

Spiritual Health:

  • Look outside of yourself for meaning, hope, comfort, and belonging.
  • Find inner peace by forgiving regularly and loving completely.
  • Trust God completely, and commit your life to His service.

Combing physical, mental, social, and spiritual health, with a heart capable of loving and trusting God completely, gives us a five-finger grasp on our own health. We remain in His capable hands when we use His handbook, the Bible, as a constant reminder that “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). Carefully obeying Him in these five areas, not only provides us with an answer for the “Why do we?” questions, but also allows us to derive great benefits for ourselves as we properly represent God’s kingdom as image bearers in this area. 

 

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