Good Health: Body, Soul and Spirit

Written by M. Larson

healthybodysoulDid you know that our bodily, emotional and spiritual health are closely connected? Well, they are. If we guard our bodily health, it helps promote clear thinking and good emotional health, which are beneficial to our soul. If we seek to have good spiritual health, the resultant peace and joy will keep our bodies well and our emotions in line.

If you are a typical American, you probably love “junk food,” such as large Cokes, french fries and greasy hamburgers. But with all the publicity today about what “good” and “bad” foods and drinks do to our bodies, you may know something about that.

If you are a Christian, you may desire to take good care of your body because you know it is the temple of God. As an intelligent person, you may also want to take care of it so that you may enjoy good health and a longer life.

Advances in knowledge

When your grandmother was young, very little was known about proper nutrition. People didn’t realize the need for a well-balanced diet. They didn’t realize that fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, grains and dairy products are primary sources of essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, they didn’t even know about such things.

Now we know that milk helps to build strong bones and teeth, especially in the growing child. My parents didn’t know that – so I have a mouth full of fillings. But I knew that, and I also knew that non-flossing and sweets could cause cavities – so both of my daughters have perfect teeth.

Vitamin A, found high in such things as greens, carrots and various fruits, is good for the eyes and even heal eye diseases, rickets and maybe cancer.

Lack of the Vitamin B Complex, which is found in natural-grain cereals and breads, can result in many serious physical and emotional ailments. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits, tomatoes and green vegetables, prevents scurvy and colds.

Vitamin D, found in fish-liver oils, milk, eggs and sunshine, aids formation of bones and teeth. Lack of Vitamin E, found in whole-grain cereals, can cause sterility and other problems. Lack of iron, found high in meat, molasses, and raisins, results in anemia.

On the other hand, such things as saturated fat and cholesterol (watch it, hamburger-wolfers!), excess caffeine (watch it, Coke and coffee addicts!), nicotine (you too, smokers!), too much sugar and salt and various drugs have been found to have harmful effects on our bodies, even to the point of death in some cases. This knowledge can help smart persons!

Jesus promised peace

A good spiritual life can help us enjoy good health. We can have that by staying close to our Lord Jesus Christ and following the wisdom found in God’s Word.

Jesus told His followers,

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. Let not your heart be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). The key Jesus gives us here is that we are to truly trust Him in everything.

Many people actually get sick because they have no peace in their hearts. They may be wracked by guilt, filled with anger and resentment, depressed by circumstances. We can deal by guilt by following 1 John 1:9:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

We can deal with anger and resentment by forgiving whoever we blame for making us angry and resentful. You may be angry at God about something. Well, believe that God will work everything for your good. Trust Him and realize that He is Love, and you have nothing to forgive Him for. For His Word promises that He will work all things – ALL THINGS – together for good for those who love and follow Him.

If you are angry or resentful toward any person, forgive that person no matter what he/she did, because that is what Jesus told us to do (Matthew 6:14-15). He knows what is best! Don’t let brooding and grudge-holding make you sick. And if you are angry with yourself, forgive yourself; God will and does!

We can deal with depression as King David did – by talking with the Lord and dwelling on and in His Word. When we are depressed, we need lifting up. Through reading the Psalms (many of which were written by David) thousands of people have been encouraged and lifted out and above depression.

God has given us many other Scriptures in the New Testament to cheer us up. So read and memorize them, and you will be helped and blessed.

Jesus promised joy

After telling His followers how to stay close to Him and how live in love toward God and man, Jesus said,

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).

Modern day medicine has finally come to recognize the key role joy or happiness plays in a person’s well-being. King Solomon knew that by inspiration of God three thousand years ago. He wrote,

“A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

Obeying Christ’s great commands to love God and our neighbor as ourselves is vital to our enjoying His joy and presence. Love banishes hostility in our hearts that may cause us pain and unhappiness. The more we love the Lord, the more we will love others. The more we realize His great love for us, the more we will we reject ill thoughts about our own worth and realize that we should value ourselves as He does, as God’s own precious children!

The more we live like this, the healthier we will be, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

8 Responses to “Good Health: Body, Soul and Spirit”

  • Sharon says:

    good article thank you for posting this. I have been depressed I get lifted by Christians songs too from the a radio station that plays Christian worship songs thank you for this article

  • otukol tom says:

    i have a group called health body and health soul, i therefore request for partnership

  • Kate says:

    Thanks James for the encouraging words.

  • James says:

    Blessed be the author of this stuff. You have helped a lot of people including me. This is very inspiring.

  • Dr. Muriel Larson says:

    Ah, Katy, you sound like a woman after my own heart! The beauty of our Lord is that He is always ready to forgive, heal, help, and deliver us–and give us His peace and joy and love.

  • katy says:

    This is so true, sin equals unhappyness, unhappyness often leads to stress and disease and often a weekend immune system,, Guilt is hard on your heart and your adrenal glads, causes insomnia etc,, this goes on, I know I have suffered all of these and one my sister just simply said it is Sin, unconfessed hidden sin, I need to read my bible more, pray ,suround my self with more christian friends , music and influences, they all help,,,

    I need this written on my walls and I will heal:“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

  • Linda Demby says:

    I am glad for this article, and it was very timely. My church is having a women’s brunch this weekend and the theme is Women’s…your body, His temple. Thank you again

  • Marsha says:

    It was a joy reading this. It re-affirmed the lessons taught during Bible Studies that I have been attending.

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