Learning to Love This Body, His Temple

Growing up I was small. I was 70 pounds in seventh grade, not hitting a hundred pounds til high school. I was picked on and made fun of because of my size. I was also born with a small indention in my chest, that still to this day makes me self conscious about my body. I hated my body for so many years, trying to change it and fix what I thought God had messed up. Today I am 6’3 but only 135 pounds, making me look even skinnier because of my height. Even after I surrendered my life to Christ, I still had trouble being comfortable in my body. It wasn’t until Wednesday night that these words rang into my heart and showed me that I was only content in my body and that I did not still truly love this body Christ had given me.

“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Just think over this verse for a second, especially the phrase, “your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.” Do you realize what that means? I thought I did until Wednesday night and then it hit me, hard. It hit me so hard that I wept for 20 minutes almost uncontrollably.

What this verse means is that God chose for us to have the body that we have and then He chose to make our body’s His sanctuary. Think about that for a second. Christ chose our bodies and then chose to come reside inside our bodies. He gave us “this” body for a reason and a purpose. Think about that. God did not make a mistake when He gave us our bodies. He created these bodies. He placed every hair on our head, he gave us a certain weight, a certain personality. We are created in the image of God.

So for the last week I have been trying to do just that. I didn’t really know where to start after hating this body for so many years. As I was reading a book last night called Soul Virgins, God spoke to me very clear and began to show me how to love my body.

Love the Skin You’re In 

“Self Esteem ultimately comes from accepting God’s decree that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), independent of another’s opinions about your looks, personality, strengths, and weaknesses. You are special and can excited about being you. This includes your sexuality, gender, and body image. God has given you a unique song and a special name in which you can take comfort and find joy (Revelation 2:17). Learn the art of self-affirmation. Create a list of a dozen things you thank God for in the person He created you to be. As you become comfortable in your own skin, forget about yourself and reach out to enjoy friendships in deeper and more meaningful ways. Becoming a soul-sexy man or woman is extremely difficult when you aren’t first comfortable in your own skin.” (Soul Virgins)

I am so excited because in just the last week of loving my body I can already see new dimensions of my relationship with Jesus Christ forming. I am becoming more confident and comfortable in this sanctuary that the Lord lives in. He bought “this” body with a price. He died for “this” body.

Are you struggling today with how you were created? Are you thinking that God made a mistake? Take it to the Lord today. He will show you how much He loves you and the body that He has given you. He bought you with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ.

I am learning to say among the mocking and teasing voices, wanting me to feel shame of how I look, “that I am a beloved child of God.” He has created and given me this body. He has even chose to come live within this body. Thank God for your body today, it is His sanctuary, the place where He resides. God is undoing twenty one years of hatred and truly giving me a love for His temple.

Blessings,
Joseph.

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