Health is a hot topic in today's world and media. It's everywhere! And everyone has an opinion, but what can we learn from scriptures on good health? Are there health scriptures that we can reference as we continue on our health journey?
How do you define good health? Is it the many numbers that define us at the doctor’s office? Our weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, and so many others? I would like to think that good health is more than that. Good health to me is when you feel your best and your mind, body, and spirit are in true balance. But, if you want to get technical, the official definition from dictionary.com is Health: soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment.
The definition seems simple enough, but in our high stress, high sugared, high demand world, optimal health can be something difficult to achieve. As we walk into 2020, I’m sure many of us have a health goal. It may be to lose weight, or it’s to lower your cholesterol, or sleep more/better, or to simply stress less. Getting started may feel a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Our Lord created us knowing exactly what we need to not only survive, but to thrive. Let's dive into His word and follow His instruction all in the hopes of truly glorifying Him with our mind, body, and spirit.
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The “why" of Good Health
Before we jump into the “how,” let’s start with the “why.”
Many times, at the beginning of a health journey your coach, doctor, or nutritionist will often ask you, why? Why are you trying to get healthy? There’s a lot of emphasis put on the why because if the why isn’t big enough, many will lose motivation and ultimately give up. I can’t think of a better why than we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. God chose to make you exactly how you are on purpose and we should honor our bodies because they are truly a gift from Him.
Meditate on these words:
“ For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV)
“ Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” –1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
Scriptures on Good Health Lesson: Spirit
Now, onto the “how.” I honestly believe good health should always be looked at from the perspective of mind, body, and spirit. The three need to work together, as they nourish one another. One cannot thrive without the other, so I thought that this would be the best way to share scriptures on good health.
Lesson 1: Be in relationship with God.
When you’re in a relationship with God - everything is truly easier. When you invite him into your heart and are continually praying and seeking His advice, it is easier to hear and feel His presence. He will be able to guide you and help you through tough times and when you want to give up. When we are in a relationship with God, we can feel an amazing amount of love, comfort, and peace. This is the exact place we should be when we are trying to nourish our mind, body, and spirit.
" But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."Matthew 6:33 NIV
Lesson 2: Maintain healthy relationships
Many studies prove that healthy relationships contribute to our overall health and wellbeing. When we feel supported and cared about, we naturally make better choices, such as eating our fruits and vegetables, getting more and better sleep, and we even make better choices, such as not smoking. In addition, social support has also been proven to lower our stress levels, which leads to overall better health.
" The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense."Proverbs 27:9 NLT
" Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm."Proverbs 13:20 ESV
Scriptures on Good Health Lesson: Mind
Our mind can powerfully impact our health. When we think negatively about our health, our body usually follows. When we think positively about our health, our body usually follows. The Bible has many health scriptures that speak to our health and stress.
Lesson No. 3: Manage your stress
Managing stress is critical for overall health and wellness. Chronic stress on the body can lead to many unwanted ailments including excess weight gain, increased consumption of sugary, high, and fatty foods, less sleep, and the list goes on and on.
When our bodies enter a state of chronic stress, we begin to release the hormone cortisol, which God created to keep us safe in extreme situations of danger. We were never created to live in a constant state of stress like so many of us do. Take some time to evaluate your stress levels. If you are overly stressed try some of these techniques: meditation, reading a book, talk therapy, going for a walk, or spending time in nature.
“ Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?"Matthew 6:25 NIV
" Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2Romans 12:2 NIV
Scriptures on Good Health Lesson: Body
Notice that we left the last health lesson and health scriptures about the body. This isn't to underemphasize how important the body is in our health journal, but to remind us that our mind and spirit as just as important. We often over-emphasize the body in our culture, and it's good to downplay its importance occasionally.
Lesson No. 4: Nourish your body the way God intended.
Our Lord created everything that we needed to truly nourish our bodies during the first week of creation. He provided plants, seeds, animals, and water. He created each of these perfectly because He knows exactly what our bodies need. Try to focus on eating food that comes with minimum packaging, processing, and labels. Listen to these health scriptures that focus on nourishing our bodies.
“ Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.Genesis 9:3-4
" So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
If you are struggling with nourishing your body in a God-honoring way, consider the Food Freedom Journal and Tracker. This is a simple tracker that helps you pinpoint your health goals and keeps you accountable throughout the week. Inspired by the Trim Healthy Mama food eating plan, this can be an effective way of staying 'on plan' and
Lesson No. 5: Move your body:
We were made to be physically active. This will not only help you burn unwanted calories but by moving you will also release feel-good endorphins that will leave you feeling energized and motivated to keep making good decisions throughout the day.
“ Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” - Romans: 12:1
Lesson No. 6: Make sure to get enough rest.
Sleep is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is recommended that most adults get at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Good sleep can lead to many health benefits including less stress, a healthy heart, improved memory, and may even help you lose weight!
" For he gives his beloved sleep" Psalm 127:2
" Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. Deuteronomy 5:12-14
I hope these scriptures on good health bless, motivate, and inspire you to begin this new decade honoring your body and glorifying our Lord.
I would like to invite you to dive into my "Rest and Reset" devotional. It is a 7-day look at learning food freedom and resting in the power of God's Word through our health journey. It is available on Amazon Kindle or you can read for FREE using Amazon Unlimited.
A Little More About Jenna
My name is Jenna Allerson and I am a home-grown Minnesota girl. I love Jesus, my family, country music, coffee, and being outdoors.
I'm a wife to my college sweetheart, Matt. In 2020, we will celebrate our 10th anniversary. We have two adorable boys (I know mom's all say that) Owen (5) and August (2), and a fur baby Lucy. I'm a full-time working mom and a health and wellness blogger at jennaallerson.com She is also a certified wholistic health coach.