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A Christian’s View on Body Image

This is something that is a sensitive subject for many girls today.  Girls don’t like to talk about their bodies, because they are already so wrapped up in their bodies. Their bodies are their obsessions.  They want their bodies to look a certain way, feel a certain way, and they want their self-esteem to always be around a 9.5 out of 10.

But as a Christian where does Christ come into the picture?  As a Christian, it’s not about our body image.  It’s not about positive self-talk.  It’s not about saying,  “You’re so beautiful, I just can’t stand it.”  It’s about glorifying Christ, not ourselves.  It’s about making ourselves a lower priority then the glorification and love of our almighty God and Savior.

The American culture tips to either side of the scale.  One scale is the anorexic, over exerciser, obsessive compulsive sort of person.  The other side of the scale is being part of overeater’s anonymous, stuffing mouths with countless bags of chips, oreos, ritz crackers, gulping down quarts of soda and beer, and generally not observing any law of moderation whatsoever.

There are always those striving to find a happy medium.  But, sadly, many a time this medium does not include Christ and the standards that He lays out for us in His word.  Instead it includes our own standards of self-esteem and loving ourselves.  Ephesians 5:29 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:  However, in the end one always continues to yo-yo between feeling good about their body between placing guilt trips on themselves for eating unhealthy food or eating too much.

Ever since I was little there have been rules that I have followed that have always helped me to keep a positive outlook on the way I eat and drink to glorify God.  “1 Corinthians 10:31: 31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  When we don’t find our satisfaction in eating healthy, or eating food, or exercising, but in Christ, we will find peace because He is not temporal.  He will last forever and is able to fulfill all of our needs.

It won’t ever help to always be looking at yourself in the mirror, watching the number on the scale, or trying to satisfy your desire to be beautiful or shapely or athletically beautiful looking.  Look to Christ.  He will fulfill every part of our needs.

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2 Responses

  1. This post was AMAZING! I absolutely agree! Through Christ, we can do anything. 🙂

    xoxo
    Kathleen

  2. amen! awesome to see another sister in Christ. welcome to the community, and don’t feel pressured to post anything like anyone else does. you are you, and God gives you a voice to speak His word that is uniquely yours. no one else can ever share the spirit you have just like you! i can promise you that when you’re 80, you won’t care if you posted daily meals. love you girl, and looking forward to seeing how God rocks out your influence on this community, as well as the one around you.
    -rebekah

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