The Scripture teaches us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Co. 6:19). The Apostle Paul taught Timothy about how ladies should manage themselves outside, “with shamefacedness and sobriety” (I Timothy 2:9). In these modern days, the line between modest apparel and provocative pieces seems to be getting thinner. Nevertheless, it is important to keep God´s standards.
When it comes to exercising, the Bible has a lot to say about how to manage it. Besides guarding our tongues, disciplining the body, and running the race, we should take care of our bodies.
What the Bible says about exercising
Let us take a look at some Bible verses that actually motivate you to keep up the race and exercise your body. Because you see, God is interested in us having a healthy and wholly life, both in flesh and spirit.
1 Timothy 4:8 “Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life both for the present and for the future.”
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize. Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever. That is why I run straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches. I harden my body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having called others to the contest.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”
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2 Timothy 2:5 “An athlete who runs in a race cannot win the prize unless he obeys the rules.”
How should it be done
The Bible does not specifically mention anything on what type of exercises a believer should engage in. It is safe to say though that practices that tap into spiritual realms that God dislikes are not the Biblical way of doing them. Exercises that involve dancing frantically or with sensual poses with a partner are not in favor with what the Bible teaches about prudence and good practices belonging to saints.
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