Personal Philosophy of Health

Learning Activity 4 Instructions

Topic: Personal Philosophy of Health

In 250–350 words, develop a personal philosophy of health. Write from a Christian perspective, citing appropriate Bible verses to support your major premises. Address the frailties of the human condition in need of health and healing and the ultimate source of both from the Great Physician. Focus on disease prevention and health promotion as God’s ideal.

Submit Learning Activity 4 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 4.

We are charged with the responsibility of caring for our bodies as temples of and for the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Jesus gave his life and body so that we may live a better life. If is our duty to treat our bodies as he did, with care and good health. Preventing disease and sickness is one way we can honor our given responsibility. High healthy standards show respect and love for ourselves as well as our Creator. It is also important to remember that disease is not the only way we can be sickly. A poor spirit and lack of belief can cause us to be sick as well. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”2 We must maintain our spiritual health as well as our physical health as neglecting one or both will yield a sickness none shall wish to suffer. If, however, we falter and sickness befalls us, Psalm 41:3 says, “The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.”3 The Lord will be our light and strength during a time of sickness, we must never forget to look to him and seek his council. We are not invincible and we will need His healing as the ultimate source of our return to health. Though we do not live in a time where He walks among us, we must still rely on Him and reach out to Him as the Great Physician to help us heal. Mark 3:10 says, “For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.”4 Many of us will be sick during our lives, despite our best efforts to stay healthy. While we rely on medications and knowledge from our earthly medical professionals, it I important to reach out to Him equally as He is regarded as the greatest healer there has ever been.

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