God loves our bodies, so why can’t we?
It’s a question I’ve been wrestling with since I became a woman. Unfortunately, society allows media and Hollywood to dictate our standards of beauty, which are anti-God.
If we aren’t careful, we will begin to adopt the lie that we are not beautiful, attractive, or worthy of love.
If you find yourself believing the numbers on the scale more than the letters in the Bible about your body — know that you are not alone. Below are five helpful, practical truths to combat those pesky lies about your body.
1. God Created Your Body
Did you know that we bear the image of God? It wasn’t enough that God created both man and woman — He also gave us the image of God and gave us the right to rule over all the earth (see: Genesis 1:26 – 27).
2. Your Bodies Bring Pleasure
Because I was single through the hardest decade — my 20s — I automatically think that body pleasure equals bad. This is not always the case. For instance,
A man [or woman] can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? (Ecclesiastes 2:24 – 25, NIV84)
Regardless of whether you’re single or married, God has given you the ability to not only enjoy your work but take pleasure, satisfaction, and pride in the gifts He gave you as an individual.
3. God Lives in Your Body
If you grew up going to Sunday School, at some point you would have heard the teacher quote the famous verse below:
“Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV84)
This is not a bad thing! The living God who created the heavens and the earth — and your body — wants to live inside you. Can you imagine? He longs to forgive you of all your sins and bring healing, comfort, and strength to your mind, soul, and body.
4. Your Body Is Made New
Many people say they hate their body. Without God, I might have said that, too. I lost the skin off my feet, face, and hands, and it took over 10 years to heal. But that was 10 years of watching God continually make me new.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV84)
Yes, there were days I wished God’s promise applied in this lifetime and not the next, but even so — as Job said — can I only accept good and not bad from God?
5. God Resurrects Our Bodies
If all you remember is this one thing — Jesus wins — then I have done my job. Weeping may remain for many nights, but eventually we can take joy in the fact that Jesus is making our new bodies for eternity. No more tears. No more lies.