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<< Thursday, October 25, 2001 >>
 
Romans 6:19-23
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Psalm 1 Luke 12:49-53
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"THE BODY OF CHRIST"

 
"Just as formerly you enslaved your bodies to impurity and licentiousness for their degradation, make them now the servants of justice for their sanctification." —Romans 6:19
 

The Lord loves our bodies (see 1 Cor 6:13). He even has a body. He wants our bodies to be His Temple (1 Cor 6:19). He died, rose from the dead, and gave us the opportunity to have a new nature so that our bodies will be "servants of justice for their sanctification" (Rm 6:19). The Lord even gives us His body to be received into our bodies. He commands us to glorify Him in our bodies (1 Cor 6:20) and to offer our bodies as "weapons for justice" (Rm 6:13). The Lord intends to raise our bodies from the dead to be with Him forever in heaven (1 Cor 15:35ff).

Because the Lord loves our bodies so much, we should:

  • give our lives and bodies to Him,
  • receive His body in Holy Communion as often as possible,
  • use our bodies to worship Him,
  • respect our bodies and those of others by modest dress,
  • resist temptations to sin, in particular temptations to defile our bodies through sexual sin (see 1 Cor 6:18),
  • refuse to watch entertainment which exploits the human body.
  • consider marital sexual relations to be holy and chaste, particularly by never using contraceptives,
  • refuse to harm our bodies by giving in to addictions and compulsions,
  • care lovingly for those whose bodies are afflicted, and
  • respect the bodies of the dead.

We love our bodies because Jesus loves our bodies. "And now, brothers, I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God" (Rm 12:1).

 
Prayer: Jesus, give me Your mind about my body.
Promise: "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." —Rm 6:23
Praise: Powerless over a pornography addiction, Dave put his hope in Jesus and was set free.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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