The 7 Areas of Life
We are now going to talk about the Physical area of life. This is just one of The Seven Areas of Life we have been looking at.
It is important to get our cues from the word of God as well as those who are experts in this area. As we discussed recently in one of the Marriage Minute videos, one of the seven areas of life includes the Physical Area.
We are talking about our body and how we take care of what the scripture calls the “temple” of God. Eating, sleeping, rest, exercise and how we manage all of these have much to do with how we will feel and what we are able to accomplish in our daily life.
It’s important to focus on an adequate, well-balanced diet, free from gluttony, sexual purity, proper personal hygiene, proper exercise (especially emphasizing cardiovascular fitness to avoid unnecessary risk of heart attack), adequate sleep, freedom from laziness and freedom from drunkenness. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again
In the physical area of life, we discuss physical life and physical health. 3 John 1:2 says, “My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health—as I know you are well in spirit.”
God not only wants you to be healthy in your spirit, but healthy in your physical body too. This not only means exercise consistently, but also putting proper nutrients into our body.
Free Yourself from Sin
The scriptures also talk about a freedom from gluttony (Proverbs 23:2,28:7), having sexual purity (Ephesians 5:3, 1Corinthians 7:1-7) Paul tells us in 1Timothy 4:8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (NLT). It is good to walk, or run as we get older so that our cardio vascular system will strengthen our heart and lungs. We tend to go into extremes, either we over exercise or we under exercise. The need is to find a balance.
In His Image
Here, we need a wholesome acceptance of the way God has made us physically. Our society has air brushed those in magazines and keeps pressuring women to have a certain kind of body look. 1Peter 2:3-4 says, “Do not let your adorning be external – braiding of the hair and putting on gold and jewelry, or the clothing you wear- but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
The scriptures refer to these things and we believe it is important to make goals in this area. Some of us have addictions that we can’t control and others who are in good health, may want to be in better health. Every day is filled with various temptations, but we have to make the right choice if we are going win over them.
James 1 13-14 says, “When tempted, no one should say ‘God is tempting me’. For god cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desires and enticed.” So we have to take responsibility for giving into temptation and ask God through his Holy Spirit to over come it and put it to death. ( Romans 8:13)
Some other practical ways to help the physical area are:
- Join a gym that offers fitness classes. This encourages you to be consistent in physical exercise and can act as an activity to motivate you as a team.
- Commit walks each day for both the exercise, and as an opportunity to talk to each other.
- Look online for deals on things to do that are outside, or involve physical activities. Apps like Groupon or Gametime offer great discounts on family activities or tickets to concerts and sports games.
- Rather than driving to nearby restaurants for dinner or desert, consider walking or riding your bike. This will work up your appetite, plus you won’t have to sit in traffic.
Let us know how these things are working for you. Comment below or email Alan.