As a christian, we owe it to our-self to keep our body strong and healthy. Going to the gym and exercising your body or lifting weight is no sin so I encourage all Christians to go for regular exercise and even yoga workouts. The only challenge I have observed and noticed amount Christians especially the youth is some go to the gym for the wrong motive while some go for the right reasons. I will breakdown what I mean by that.
Wrong Motive for going to gym
A good number of christian youths go to the gym because they want to attract the opposite sex or make themselves attractable. This leads to vanity hence you may end up making your body or shape an idol for others to lust after which is a sin.
What does the bible say about causing others to sin:
- Mark 9:42 – If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea (NIV)
- Proverbs 6:25 – Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids (NKJV)
- 2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (NIV)
- Matthew 5:28 – But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart (NIV)
Right Motive for going to Gym
The reason why I go to gym to exercise my body is not only to keep me my body fit and healthy, but also to purify my heart & soul. When it comes to purifying my heart and soul, I need to be conscious of the contents of my heart and mind and ensuring its free from sinful or evil thoughts, hence helping me to have a clear productive mind.
According to the writer of Proverbs, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” (Prov. 4:23 AMP). As you can see, the “heart” is pivotal part of the our emotions and will.
Lets take a look at The Apostle Paul writing to the Romans:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1-2 NIV).
Other reasons to exercise
- With the right exercise plan, you can have a good sleep
- Proper exercise helps increase your energy
- Helps with improved thinking ability and memory recollection
- There is nothing as good as appreciating once body
- Also helps with improved physical and mental awareness
30 Bible verses about bodybuilding and Fitness
Ezekiel 37:6 (NIV) – 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’
Proverbs 31:17 (NIV) – 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) – 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies
1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) – 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:7 (NIV) – 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV) : The Need for Self-Discipline – 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) – 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) – 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks at the heart.”
Hebrews 5:14 (NIV) – 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) – 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV) – 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV) – 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Romans 12:1 (NIV) – 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) – 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) – 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Ephesians 6:10 (NIV) – 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power
Psalm 139:14 (NIV) – 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Acts 1:8 (NIV) – 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
Ephesians 6:11 (NIV) – 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes
Romans 8:37 (NIV) – 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Hebrews 12:11-12 (NIV) – 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
1 John 4:4 (NIV) – 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Jeremiah 9:24 (NIV) – 24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) – 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Luke 22:25 (NIV) – 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.
Mark 10:42 (NIV) – 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) – 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.
1 Corinthians 6:13 (NIV) – 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
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