Here is a short study on what the Bible says about our bodies:
–You are a spirit in a body (Jam 2:26).
–If you are a child of God your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God (1Cor 6:19).
–You are to be hard on your body and bring it into subjection by the grace of God lest you be a castaway (I Cor 9:27).
–Having the body in subjection profits nothing if you don’t have love for others (1 Cor 13:3).
–The Word of God calls our body the ‘body of humiliation’ (Phi 3:21).
–You are not to adorn you body with gold, pearls and expensive clothing and the such, but with modest clothing (1Tim 2:9).
–Your standard of clothing is to be based on modesty and not on distinction or attracting attention to yourself. The humble desire is to be unnoticed and to point people to Christ – not to themselves- where as the proud Pharisees made broad their phylacteries and enlarged the borders of their garments, that they might be seen of man (Mat 23:5). Read the blog post on A Good Modesty Standard for Christians for details in this area.
–A man is not to have long hair, a woman is to have long hair – as it is a glory to her, and her hair is given to her for a covering (1Cor 11:14,15).
–You are not to defile you body (1Cor 3:17), you are to glorify God in your body by the way you live (1Cor 6:20).
–Your body is for the Lord and the Lord is for your body (1Cor 6:13). You are not to give your body over to indulge in sinful sensuality. Your body is a member of Christ (1Cor 6:15).
–Young people are instructed to flee youthful lusts (2Tim 2:22) and need to be taught by their parents how to fight a good fight and how to keep the victory over their flesh.
–Fornication is a sin against the body and the Bible instructions your to flee this sin (1Cor 6:18).
–Smoking is harmful to your body, a poor steward of your money, a terrible example, and harms those around you with your second hand smoke. Drinking alcohol is harmful to your body, a poor steward of your money, a terrible example, and puts you in risk of having an alcohol problem (Pro 20:1). Using recreational drugs is harmful to your body, a poor steward of your money, a terrible example, and puts you in risk of having a drug problem. If you know God doesn’t want you to do these things and you do them anyway, you are committing sin – and you can’t willfully commit sin and be a Christian (1Joh 2:3,4).
–You should take proper care of your teeth and go regularly to the dentist for cleanings and to get cavities filled. Those that don’t have their teeth cleaned regularly risk getting gingivitis which is causes bone loss around the teeth and can lead to periodontitis which causes tooth loose and other health problems. Regular dentist visits, flossing, and proper brushing of your teeth is very important. Also if you feed yourself and your family pop, candy, and sugar sweets you pay for it at the dentist.
–You need to wear clean and neat clothes.
–You need to be careful that you don’t have bad body odor or bad breath.
–If you are overweight (unless you have a gland problem) you need to practice temperance in food and start loosing weight by regular exercise (Gal 5:22,23). You need to train up your children in temperance and exercise so they will not have a weight problem.
–Even if you are not overweight, that doesn’t give you the liberty to over eat. Learn temperance early in life so when you get older and your metabolism slows down you, will not have a weight problem. Temperance is one of the Fruits of the Spirit and we are instructed to be “giving all diligence add to your faith… temperance…” (1Pet 1:5,6).
–You need to exercise regularly; you can start by brisk walking 30 minutes, building up to an hour a day.
–What ever you eat or drink, you are to do it to the glory of God (1Cor 10:31).
–You should eat natural unprocessed foods and have a balanced diet; sweets, pop, and candy are not good for your health.
–You should drink 8 cups of water a day.
–You are to present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God (Rom 12:1,2).
–You are to be holy in both body and spirit (1Cor 7:34).
If others have things to add to this list, please post them in the comments.