Despite what many assume, Christianity is not anti-body. God does not declare our bodies unclean and evil—a reason for shame. Instead, God has created us as physical beings and declared his creation to be good. Psalm 139 reminds us that God formed our inward parts and we are wonderfully and fearfully made.
When St. Paul talks about the sins of the flesh, he’s talking about all the degrading and evil behavior that appears in the realm of this world, in stark contrast to the peace, joy and love evident in the realm of the Spirit. We have been created as embodied persons, claimed by the promise of baptism and focused on the Spirit, who redeems us and guides us to all that is good and true. That’s what it’s like to be “in the Spirit” and have God dwell within us. A few verses later, Paul reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Thank you, Gracious God, for the gift of our body, and help us live in the realm of the Spirit where you dwell with us. Amen.
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