It’s sometimes easy to tell when we have abused, neglected, or not taken very good care of our bodies. We can do some serious damage to the bodies that God has given us as temples for His Spirit, and sometimes it’s very easy to see. We’ll run into someone we haven’t seen in years, and we may think to ourselves, “They sure have let themselves go!” Have you ever said or thought that? We can wear down our bodies with what we put into them, riotous living, lack of exercise, worry and stress, not getting proper medical care and the list goes on. You can see it in our skin, teeth, eyes, our physique…
But WHAT IF YOU COULD SEE YOUR SOUL?
We can defile and harm our SPIRITS just as we can defile our BODIES.
2 Corinthians 7:1 tells us to cleanse ourselves of all filthiness of flesh and spirit. 1 Peter 2:11 begs us to abstain from fleshly lusts that war against our soul.
Think of all the things you have put your soul through…according to 2 Corinthians 7:1, sin defiles our spirit…think of all the sinful things you have done, and the effect it has had on your spirit.
When it comes to your body, you are what you eat…and it’s the same with your soul.
Unfortunately, the souls of many Christians are either malnourished from lack of spiritual food (reading the word)… or in poor health because of too much junk food (allowing the wrong things through our eye and ear gates).
What do you watch?
What do you listen to?
What types of conversations do you have?
What kind of relationships are you involved in?
Remember that 1 Corinthians 15:33 reminds us that “bad company corrupts good character ”.
Just as stress and worry wear down the body, the spirit man of many people are worn by ungodly attitudes and character, damaged by hatred, anger, racism, jealousy, wrath, malice etc. Many people’s spirits are weak because they don’t exercise their faith through studying God’s word, prayer and fasting as Jesus explained in Matthew 17 Matthew 19-21 (KJV) and 1 Peter 2:2. That’s why right after 2 Corinthians 7:1, the word of God tells us to cleanse ourselves of the things that defile our bodies and spirits. When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior our spirits are renewed (2:Corinthians 5:17). From that day forward the enemy tries to tempt us to defile our spirit man with the works of the flesh. Keep your spirit clean because even though we can’t see it…God can.