Gwyneth's October Letter

27 Sep 17


This month there is a campaign called ‘Stoptober’ to encourage smokers to give up smoking.  Over the years there have been several attempts by the NHS to persuade smokers to kick the habit – and with some success!

It is a well known fact that smoking is extremely harmful to our health – clogging arteries, increasing the risk of lung cancer and much more.  Fortunately I have never become hooked on the idea of smoking.  When I was 17 my school friends and I gave it a try.  I bought ‘a packet of fags,’ had about two, decided I wasn’t impressed and threw them away.  I am so glad that at that young age I made at least one sensible decision.  In those days, the dangers of smoking were not widely advertised.

I suppose that we could equally say that being overweight is also damaging to our bodies – to our heart and to other vital organs and how they function.  It brings on the deadly effects of diabetes or high blood pressure.  A high – in – fat diet also can clog our arteries.  As I have grown older, I have had a constant battle with weight gain (inherited) and am currently trying to battle to achieve a balance between diet and exercise.  They say, “We are what we eat,” – I would like to add to that, “and how we move!!”

What on earth has all this got to do with God for heaven’s sake?  Well it has a lot to do with him actually.

When we are born into this world, we come, in most cases, with a perfect, pure body.  There is a saying, ‘our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.’  (1 Corinthians 6v19)

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, verses 12 to 20 we discover more about the relationship between our bodies and God’s purposes. At the end of 1 Corinthians Chapter 6, Paul wrote, ‘use your bodies for God’s glory.’  The word ‘body’ in the Bible carries all kinds of connotations, which is characteristic of Jesus, who uses everyday examples to illustrate a point.   The word ‘body’ can refer to all aspects of our lives including our church life.  In John 2 v 21 Jesus refers to His body.  He gave this name to the sacrament (bread and wine) – ‘this is my body....this is my blood.’  During the Communion service, at the point of sharing the ‘peace,’ the body is also mentioned.

‘We are the body of Christ.  In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body.  Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.  The peace of the Lord be always with you.....’

We, as Christians, represent God and reflect His values.

Peace be with you all during this month of October.


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