The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 27
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
–1 Corinthians 6:13 (ESV)
The mind thinks what it likes; the body feels what it can. What difference does this make? It produces nothing but trouble and distraction for the mind; it gives nothing to the body but sickness and death. But the divine will, on the other hand, is the life of the body and soul at each and every moment. Ultimately, the mind and body, whatever their condition, are supported solely by the divine will. Without this will, bread is poison; with it, poison is a healthy remedy. Without it, books only make you blind; with it, obscurity becomes light. It is the all, the good, the truth in all things. In all things it gives God, and God is the infinite being who becomes everything to the soul who possesses him.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
It is easy to drift until you find yourself under the tyranny of mind and body. It is easy to let yourself be ruled by your thoughts and senses, carelessly following your cravings, whether physical or intellectual, as they lead you into emptiness and death. To fight this tendency, feed your mind and body with their true nourishment: the will of God. The will of God, even when it seems contrary to the mind and body, is good for them.
In 1 Corinthians 6:13, the apostle Paul set forth the principle that the Lord is for the body (and, therefore, not against it). Paul contrasts this truth with the sin of sexually immorality, which may seem to be indulged in for the sake of the body. On the contrary, he says, “the sexually immoral person sins against his own body” (1 Corinthians 6:18).
Paul’s teaching here can be applied more broadly. Whatever the situation may be, do not simply serve your own physical and intellectual needs, as you understand them. In faith, understand that the will of God is the true nourishment of mind and body, even it if seems otherwise.
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