Our theme for this month: “Take care of your body”
Our Bible verse for today: “The person who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is in the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Take care of your body by taking care of your soul.”
The term “soul care” refers to the fact that our soul is a living thing that must be cared for. Just as we nourish, exercise, care for, and rest our physical body, so too we must nourish, exercise, care for, and rest our soul. The soul needs to be cared for. And, as has been explained several times in this devotional series, the soul and body are intricately connected. What you do to one affects the other. The health of one directly impacts the health of the other. If your soul isn’t healthy that will have a negative impact on your physical health too.
I love the image Jeremiah paints for us in Jeremiah 17:7-8. When you are spiritually healthy your soul is like a well-watered tree with deep roots and which remains lush and fruitful throughout all the seasons of life. Psalm 1:1-3 expresses the same truth in a similar way:
“How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he mediates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Those two passages use poetic imagery to portray the life of a spiritually healthy person. But what would that look like in practical real-life terms? The Apostle Paul helps us with that in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” The spiritually healthy person experiences increasing measures of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in their life. Those attributes come to define your life, and that condition of your soul has a positive impact on you physically, mentally, and emotionally – as well as spiritually.
One of the best things you can do to take care of your body is to take care of your soul. Of course prayer and personal Bible study are crucial aspects of caring for your soul, but so is group worship. I encourage you to attend worship services this Sunday. It will be good for you.