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"Bought at a Price"

September 1, 2006

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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

It's my life. It's my body. I can do with them what I want. The constitution guarantees my rights.

Your life and body are not yours alone. They are God's gifts. He expects you to care for them and use them to His glory. You should give your body proper nourishment, adequate rest, and protection against harm.

We're not free to use harmful drugs or to use alcohol or food in excess. Promiscuous sex, which includes all sex outside of marriage, directly violates God's Law and certainly does harm to our body and life.

The God who created us claims us as His own. He has made our body His dwelling place. When Jesus gave His body into death on the cross to pay the price for our sins, He bought us, including our bodies, for God. He promises to raise our bodies to glory so we may honor Him for eternity.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for Your indwelling Spirit. Help us to treat our bodies as Your temple; for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 17-18    2 Corinthians 6

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