Okay, I can’t speak for all men, or even for all women, however it seems to me that almost every woman has a part about her body that she doesn’t like. Thick ankles, mommy tummy, love handles, too big “this” or too small “that”, the list is endless. In a day and age that glorifies personal appearance and self worship, we are all too apt to focus in on those areas of our bodies that we don’t like.
And I’m no exception. Regardless of my pant size I don’t like my midsection or shape. I don’t like my scars from past surgeries. My body is bent from scoliosis. Insecurities, each and every one. (Public confession has to be good for the soul right!?) I can’t change my scars or my spine, but I like to pretend I have control over my pant size. The constant striving to drop pounds and inches will drive you mad!!
The Bible says to lose is to gain (Luke 9:24-25) and while God wasn’t talking about weight, or even body issues for that matter, that scripture got me thinking. I’ve been so focused on what I want to lose that I haven’t focused on what I stand to gain.
Our battle over sin isn’t about losing/stopping the act of sin itself, it’s about a heart change that leads to loving, submitting and serving God more and more. If you are stuck in the cycle of sin, don’t try and focus on eradicating the action of sin. Instead, pray for a heart that would love and serve God more. Pray that God would intervene in your habit of sin. You’ll find that the more your heart centers on a growing relationship with Christ, the more that sin will die. For where light is, present darkness cannot exist.
Luke 9:24-25 – For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
Psalm 119:25-29 – I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.
Hebrews 10:23-27 – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.
1 John 1:7-9 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Galatians 5:19-21 – The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Mark 8:35 – For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
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