The Body is for the Lord

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 6.

God did not give us bodies so we could be involved in sexual immorality. Expanding that point, we recognize God didn’t give us our bodies so we could do whatever we pleased with them. Rather, He gave us bodies so we could serve Him with them. The body is for the Lord. But also note that the Lord is for the body. In other words, any restrictions or requirements God gives us are actually for our benefit. After all, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Whatever God tells us to do with those bodies will be for our good because that is also for God’s good. Further, what God tells us is for His good will be for ours as well. He is glorified in our bodies not by putting us down or diminishing our bodies, but by lifting us up in our bodies. Therefore, let’s be excited to glorify God in our bodies. That will be best not only for God, but for us as well.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7.

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Free Slaves

Today’s reading is 1 Peter 2.

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”

Wow! We are free. But we are slaves. We are free slaves. How does that work? In the same way that we are under a law, but it is a law of liberty (James 1:25). As the Israelites had been set free from Egyptian slavery in order to serve Yahweh in His land, we have been set free from sin and Satan. But if we use that freedom to cover up evil, we are actually still just living in the slavery of sin. We have been set free from the one, so we might serve another–that is Yahweh. But how amazing that is because His yoke is easy and His burden light. His yoke is not intended to enslave us, use us, and abuse us, but to deliver us, benefit us, and bless us. Praise the Lord! We are His slaves and not another’s.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Peter 3.

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