The analogies presented in this salutation is very thought provoking. John’s heartfelt desire for his beloved friend was that his body was as healthy as his spirit.
In the evaluation of the condition of our health and the condition of our spirit, is it possible for both to be imbalanced? Yes!
We must take care of our bodies as well as our spirit. Literally, what we feed ourselves will show. What good is it to have a healthy body with a poor and unhealthy spirit? And, what good is it to have a prosperous spirit with a polluted body?
Our physical and spiritual health is vitally important. In the development of our spiritual health we begin to understand 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 in the following context,
1.) Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
2.) We do not belong to ourselves, we belong to God.
3.) Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we were bought at a high price.
4.) We must honor God with our bodies.
I light of walking in truth, an honest person will take excellent care of something that doesn’t belong to them. As believers, we shouldn’t live up to the lie that a rich spirit resides in a lazy, idle, or polluted body.
I’ve neglected my body as well as my spirit. However, with the understanding and application of honoring God with my body, the Holy Spirit began to prune away things that contributed to the imbalance of a healthy body and healthy spirit. The pruning doesn’t happen overnight, but through total submission and commitment, I began to notice a change.
Day by day, strive to honor God with your body. Be a good Spiritual Battle Buddy and check in on your brothers and sisters in the faith, and encourage them to do the same.
– Shatoya Aylor, Virtuously Unveiled