World Health Day
April 7th each year marks the World Health Day celebration.
What does it mean to be healthy? Well, healthy could mean different things to different people. It could mean being strong emotionally, mentally, or physically, without disease, showing success, and fit.
What does the Bible say about being healthy? Jeremiah 30:17 reminds us that God will restore good health to us and heal our wounds. This means that God wants us to be healthy and whole. Our bodies are vessels in which the Holy Spirit dwells. We therefore ought to have a conducive environment for Him to dwell so that His work can be manifest in our lives.
A whole life translates into a healthy you. So what? Let us seek wellness through having an all-rounded self-controlled life. It will not be easy but just as in any other discipline, results will be expressed later. Hebrews 12: 11 says,” No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” After we do this, we can be sure to serve better and be more Christ-like.
Though we may go through challenges in life that affect our body’s health, we are encouraged not to grow weary in investing in our spiritual wellbeing.
May you find encouragement from these Scriptures as you purpose to make a healthy you a personal goal:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (RSV)
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in health; I know that it is well with your soul. 3 John 1:2 (RSV)
For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 (RSV)
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 (RSV)
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. Jeremiah 33:6 (ESV)
Father, we thank you for being kind and loving to us. We know you have good plans for us even when we go through seasons of uncertainty. Thank you for giving us the strength to go through each day. We trust that you will continue to keep us strong and healthy even as we serve you. Amen