Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
We re being flooded with posts and reports about #bodyimage, #bodypositivity, #bodyconfidence and so on, usually accompanied by pictures of half-dressed people, and the encouragement to follow suit to prove our #selflove and confidence.
In commercials and ads women’s bodies in particular are being displayed in a sensual manner, in order to generate sales and increase a company’s turnover, while reducing them to nothing more than a money making asset.
Where exactly is body positivity in all this? Does it not rather hint at a low appreciation of our body, turning it into an object of lust, used either for profit or to satisfy our approval addiction?
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 the Bible shows us what healthy and true body positivity looks like:
1. Know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. In other words: God regards your body so highly that He chooses to live in it through His Spirit.
2. Treat your body in a respectable manner, worthy of the God who lives in it. That includes not following the current trend to display yourself in ways that wouldn’t dignify the God who lives in you.
3. Your body is not your tool to get approval from others. The Holy Spirit in you is God’s approval of you – which greater one could you possibly get?
4. Nourish your body appropriately – look after it, healthy eating and living included, and cherish it – it is so precious!
5. Stop finding faults with it. If it is good enough for the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of you, which criticism can you possibly have?
Don’t feel pressurized to conform to the world’s trends, but believe in what God says about your body and develop #godlybodypositivity!