Part 2: Family Lifestyle: Mind, Body, Spirit

Part 2: Body

The human body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. Jesus made this claim when He told the Pharisees that they would destroy the temple, but He would raise it again in three days (John 2:19). God uses the five senses to reveal Himself to His people. Two areas of family lifestyle directly affect the body and each person’s ability to serve God and others: nutrition and fitness. Firstly, when a couple mismanages the resources God has given them (a willful disobedience), food decisions tend towards the cheapest available options, which are the least nutritious. Obesity and chronic illness result from poor eating habits; energy levels plummet, and exercise becomes an afterthought. This slippery slope leads to in an increase in the family’s medical care costs, and eventually to more debt. The cycle continues.

There is good news, however, for the family who desires a better balanced lifestyle. Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” According to the Life Application Bible, each person has the resurrection power of Christ within them; each is given the daily opportunity to crucify the sinful desires that keep them separated from Christ; and each person is free to grow in the likeness of Christ. The family lifestyle coach must teach the family how to participate in the life of Christ and His disciples by fasting, praying, and meditating on the Word, because, “It is God who arms [each person] with strength and keeps [the] way secure” (Psalm 18:32).

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