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Have you ever heard the expression “Your body is a temple”? This saying might surprise you.  You might ask how your body can be a temple. However, the topic of your body being a temple is actually found many times in the Bible. With scripture being both God-ordained and God-breathed, it is true. When He tells you that your body is a temple, it is time to listen to Him. With God being within you, you have every opportunity to start treating your body with the respect it deserves.

Treat Your Body with Respect

You should always remember to treat your body with respect. You don’t have to poison it with drugs or alcohol or any other bad things such as cigarettes. No matter how much peer pressure may fall on you during your college days or at any time in your life, you absolutely do not have to give in to any of the peer pressure to destroy your body. The next time you are faced with the decision of drinking or trying cigarettes or trying any drug, think about the consequences that they can bring your body in the long run.

Consequences of Smoking and Drugs

Some of the consequences that can come along with smoking include lung cancer, coughs, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as well as heart disease and strokes. Some of the effects of drugs include drug withdrawal, overdoses, violence both inside and outside the home, as well as having trouble finding a or keeping a job. Drugs can also destroy the person mentally and physically, sometimes for the rest of their lives.

The people closest to you could also suffer if you try drugs and get addicted to them. They will be heartbroken and maybe even angry at you for making the decision to potentially ruin your life. They will do everything within their power to help you if you’d ever chosen to make those decisions, but don’t ever think that your decisions only affect you alone. You are also affecting them because at times they will feel as though they can’t do anything for you. Remember, your family values you more than you ever thought possible.

God Doesn’t Want You to Hurt Your Body

Your family wouldn’t be the only people who would be saddened and hurt by your decision to not treat your body with respect. God also wants you to take care of your body in many different ways. He is saddened as much as your family is if you try drugs because He knows He made you in His image and doesn’t want you to destroy yourself with them.

Listen to Him when He tries to get your attention by telling you not to do something that could destroy your body both mentally and physically. Honor your body as God’s temple by remembering that God is within you from the moment you’re born until the day you get called home. You can also honor Him by eating the right foods, not drinking wine in excess.

It doesn’t mean not enjoying your favorite foods such as ice cream or pasta or pop or anything else that you enjoy. He wants you to enjoy your life including your food and drink, but it just means not binging and enjoying them in excess.

Verses That Say Your Body is a Temple

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. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3: 16-17 NIV

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12: 1-2 NIV

 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20 NIV

Honor God and treat your body as the temple that He made it to be.

 

 

 

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There are many acronyms for love. one that comes to mind is Life’s Only Valuable Emotion. There are so many emotions in life and love can help you experience them in ways that you never expected or felt were possible.
Love can stand for many things. It can stand for Life’s Only Valuable Emotion. This statement is true because God created love. He loved you enough to give you life and to bring you through some of your hardest times. Other emotions don’t even come close to measuring up to love. Anger takes away the gift of love. Sadness makes you think that you aren’t even worthy enough to be loved. Happiness helps you realize how blessed you are to love the people you have in your life.  Love never fails in anything. If you say, you love someone you can never go wrong.

Love is also the only valuable emotion in life because it takes away all the anger and resentment and pain in your life, mind and your heart. Love replaces all those emotions with the feeling of peace.
Love is a whirlwind emotion because it can take you over and leave your soaring. It can make you feel as though you can accomplish anything. When you have that feeling of being able to achieve anything can bring you back to the realization that you can do anything that you want to do in your life.

As much as love can leave you soaring, it can also leave you feeling as though you are losing your mind. Think of the times that you thought you were in love and then you had your heart broken. Think of the times you lost a friendship that you thought was going to last forever.

Think about the last time you fought with your parents or any of your family members.  Love can make you feel like you failed when a friendship or relationship with someone doesn’t go the way you’d want it to go. It isn’t easy when you don’t have a good standing relationship with someone.

To be loved by someone is an honor. To know that you have someone to always turn to is a gift. Never take that gift for granted and cherish the thought that you can always talk to the people that you trust. When you can also return the same favor to be there for someone else when they are going through a hard time is a privilege too.

Whenever you help someone out of the goodness of your own heart, doesn’t it make you feel better to help them out? Don’t you feel better without expecting anything in return from someone else? Remember it isn’t about what you get in your life, it’s all about what you give to others in your life out of the love that God has placed in your life.

To be loved by God is a privilege that you shouldn’t take for granted. He didn’t have to send His one and only son to die for you, but He chose to. He didn’t have to give you salvation freely. But He wanted to because He loved you enough that He considered you worthy enough to be called His son or daughter.  No one else has ever shown that kind of devotion or love towards you in your life. So how can you not show Jesus’ example in your life towards others?
Love can also take you places that you never expected or wanted to go in the first place to teach you the lessons that you need to learn in your journey. Without love, there wouldn’t be much happiness in life.  It all depends on what you want to learn in your life. So many things in life can be related to love.
Love is the only valuable emotion because it encompasses everything you feel all in one feeling, whether it is happiness or tears, or anger, depression or fear. There is no shame in crying in joy or in letting your tears out to release stress. Any emotion is good, but don’t let it control you.

Love is one of the best emotions in life because it teaches you so many lessons. It shows you what you want in life, what you don’t want in life. Love also teaches you how to love others even if you think they don’t deserve it. Love is such an awesome emotion because God created it and had the ultimate love for every single person on earth. Who wants to love and be loved the way God loves you?

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Be grateful for everything that He has given you. Every day is a gift. Have you ever had the realization that everything could be taken away from you in an instant? Everything can change in the blink of an eye. So, cherish every moment you have with your friends and your family.

Cherish the memories you make with them. Make memories, because many times while you’re making money, you aren’t making memories.  Never take anything or any time with them for granted. Go on a vacation for a week with them, take them to one exotic place before things start to change.

Have you ever had the other realization that you have absolutely nothing to complain about no matter what may be happening in your life? You literally have nothing to complain about. Look at how blessed you are! You have the air in your lungs, and He woke you up this morning because He chose to give you another day of life.

He chose to give you another day to live in order to see what you would do with it. You have every opportunity to make the most of every day.  He has everything lined up for you in your life. It is up to you to find your purpose. He wants to see you thrive, not complain about everything that happens to you.

What an honor to be given another chance of life each day. It is a new opportunity to do the right things for yourself and for others. Every day can be an opportunity to improve yourself to be better than you were before. Each day can bring new avenues that you never thought possible. You have every chance to make your dreams become a reality. How many dreams are in your mind that you haven’t thought about in ages? It is time to revisit them and take hold of them.

Ask God to reignite the fire in your heart for those dreams.  God put them on your mind and in your heart for a reason. He wants you to follow them with the passion that He has already put inside you and the desire to make them a reality. He will allow you to realize your dreams if it is His will. Never give up on your dreams.

Every day is a new opportunity to grow closer to Jesus and to help spread the love of Jesus to others around you.  It is an opportunity to impact others’ lives with the love of Jesus. You can use every opportunity to teach others about God, even if it is a hard thing to do. Don’t let fear stop you from showing the love of Jesus to other people. No matter what, God always smiles about you bringing others to know Him.

Each new day is a chance to rewrite the past mistakes of the day before. Each new day is a gift not to be taken for granted. Every day that He gives you is a new opportunity to reach for the stars and set new goals and accomplish dreams that are in your heart. What dreams do you have that are lying dormant in your heart? What goals haven’t you accomplished? Remember, the only thing that is holding you back is you.

You are the only one who can help yourself accomplish your dreams.  He knows what you’re going to accomplish and He will help you accomplish them in the timeframe that is best. Believe in Him and keep the faith.

He will direct your paths in His way. Even though some things will not go the way you expected, God is still in control of your life. God knows what is going to happen in life and so you can rest assured that His plans are better than yours.

Every opportunity that He gives you is a chance to step from the darkness into the light again and to return to the path of righteousness. You are never too far gone to come back to God at any time. You’re never too bad to tell God how you feel. Don’t be ashamed to talk to God about anything that comes to mind about your life.

Remember to thank Him for all that He has given you. Your family is alive and well, you have true friends and a family that loves you. You have a job that gives you an income to pay your bills. Be grateful for everything taht He has given you and the way He helps you accomplish the things you need to get done.

The love of God is the most important thing in the world.

 

 

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Hope is a powerful motivator. It’s what drives us to try again. It’s what keeps us from sinking under the weight of adversity. Hope keeps us positive, fuels our joy and helps us reach for our dreams with gusto. Hope matters. And while many think hope is nothing more than wishful thinking, Christian hope means confident expectation. It’s believing in the possibility of anything happening.

Anything in life is possible. It is also believing that God is, can and will do the impossible in our lives. Hope is something that still whispers to try again when all we feel like doing is giving up. Hope means standing tall in the face of your adversity no matter how many people are against you.

Look at the hope that David had while facing down the Giant Goliath. He had no fear inside of him while the Israelites were cowering behind their tents. They were afraid for their lives because of the size of Goliath. No one thought that he could take down Goliath, but he convinced the king to let him try. Even though he was a shepherd boy, he meant business when he said he was going to fight Goliath. God gave him the tools which were three small stones and launched them at Goliath as he was coming down to kill him. He had no fear because he knew God was with him throughout the entire ordeal. His faith was unbreakable.

The hope that filled Moses when he talked to the Israelites and to Aaron when they were afraid for their lives because of Pharaoh. He told them that there was one thing that Pharaoh couldn’t take away from them- their faith. He kept the faith even when he saw his brother Rameses again for the first time and told him that God commanded him to let his people go. He even showed the power of God when God helped him turn his staff into a snake.  The soldiers were coming after him while he was standing at the Nile river.

He believed that he would be able to turn the water in the Nile River into blood and He was able to do so with the help of God. He also told them that other things including the death of the firstborn Egyptians and the other plagues would sweep over Egypt unless Pharaoh would agree to let the Israelites go from the bondage of slavery. He knew God would deliver his people and he was able to do something that he was afraid to do. All with the help of God.

Another example of the hope that filled others in the Bible, is the hope that filled Esther when she realized she had become the queen. She knew she had to tell the king about Haman and his evil plots to send them all into exile and kill her and her family. She knew she could talk to the King about Hayman, but she had to wit on God and trust God in making the right call and to tell her when to speak up. She ended up saving not only her family but the entire kingdom as well. Her cousin Mordecai was then appointed to work right under the king, as the head of security for Him.

Another example of hope was the hope of Jesus that He told others about His father’s love. He made it and knew it was His calling to be the one who told others about the goodness of His father in Heaven. He had the hope that people would listen to His messages, yet He had something even greater inside of Him because He was both God and man all in one. He had the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of His Heavenly Father inside Him. He also had the knowledge that some people would accept His message and others wouldn’t. But He knew what He had to come to Earth to do- He came to save everyone. His love should fill us with the hope that being saved not only brings us closer to Him but gives us eternal life in Heaven. He had the hope that others would be willing to accept His message.

 

Hope is something that keeps us moving forward when all else says give up and don’t ever think that you will make it anywhere in your life. Don’t believe that lie. Hope is an awesome thing that lives inside of all of us. We just have to be willing to search our souls and look for the hope that is just lying dormant inside of us.