HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY
�Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in
you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought
at a price. Therefore honor God with your body� (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV).
In 1987, World Health Organization (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day
(WNTD) to be observed every year on May 31 around the world intended to
encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco
consumption across the globe. Furthermore, the day is intended to draw
global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to
negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths
worldwide annually. Since 1988, the day has been observed every year with
different themes. The theme for this year was �Ban tobacco advertising,
promotion and sponsorship�.
Recently, I watched a documentary on a national network television
programme on adverse effects of smoking cigarette in particular and using
tobacco in general to human beings. These effects were analyzed in the
documentary, then some people, especially those that have the smoking
habit, were interviewed. One of the people admitted that smoking is not
good, and that he has been trying to stop the habit, but he cannot stop it
because he has been addicted to it. Another person was indifferent to the
adverse effects. To him, something will eventually kill one, so what is the
big deal in warning people against smoking cigarette or using tobacco?
It is interesting that some people even argue that smoking cigarette or
using tobacco is not condemned in the Bible, so, it is never a sin to smoke
cigarette or use tobacco! Well, it is a fact that the Bible does not
expressly condemn smoking cigarette or using tobacco, but it teaches how to
take care of our body which belongs to God. If smoking cigarette and using
tobacco are dangerous to one�s body, why knowing destroying that body that
really belongs to God? If one does not like oneself or cares about what
happens to one�s body, why not honor God who really owns the body?
Honor God with your body!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray for all that have been addicted to smoking cigarette or
using tobacco that they will conscious make efforts to forsake the habit.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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