Most believers have heard “Your body is a Temple for the Holy Spirit”. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) I believe this whole-heartedly. The health of The Spirit living inside of you reacts with your body and can make you physically feel bad or good. Just like your body, your Spirit requires the correct nourishment and excersise to remain healthy.
I can tell you from my own experience that while neglecting the Word, I become impatient, judgmental, irritable, anxious and even combative and depressed. Neglecting the Word interrupts the flow of endorphins that we experience when we are uplifted by reading it. This, in turn, also strengthens and feeds the Holy Spirit making us feel better, making us more prosperous. (Josh 1:7)
As followers of Jesus, there is no excuse (other than neglecting the Word) for us to experience depression. (Rom 8:28) (James 1:2-4) I am not saying that we should not feel sad. We all feel sadness, but keeping in the Word feeds and strengthens our Faith which, in turn, feeds the Spirit and stops sadness from spiraling into depression. We need to read, stop and concentrate on the Lord waiting for His wisdom instead of wallowing in desperation in our circumstances. (1 Kings 18:36) (Psalm 46:10)
Keep yourselves in God’s Word, remain in the path of His Will for your life and your body will be healthier for doing so.1
1. There is increasing research evidence that religious involvement is associated both cross-sectionally and prospectively with better physical health, better mental health, and longer survival. These relationships remain substantial in size and statistically significant with other risk and protective factors for morbidity and mortality statistically controlled. In this article, we review the social and psychological factors that have been hypothesized to explain the health-promoting effects of religious involvement. The four potential psychosocial mechanisms that have received empirical attention are health practices, social support, psychosocial resources such as self-esteem and self-efficacy, and belief structures such as sense of coherence. Evidence concerning these potential mediators is mixed and inconsistent, suggesting there is more to be learned about the pathways by which religion affects health. Other possible explanations for the salubrious effects of religious involvement on health and longevity are discussed.