In this special message, Pastor Robert preaches on the sin of gluttony and encourages us to live healthy lifestyles that will glorify God.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:12–20 that our bodies belong to the Lord. Just as we glorify God in our finances by being good stewards, we glorify Him in our bodies by taking good care of ourselves through healthy eating and regular exercise.
Although it’s often difficult to hear, the Bible clearly says that gluttony is a sin. Saint Gregory, who lived in the sixth century, described five biblical ways that one can commit gluttony: 1. Eating before the time of meals (1 Samuel 14:29). 2. Seeking delicacies and better quality of food to gratify the sense of taste (Numbers 11:4–5). 3. Seeking after sauces and seasonings [simply] for the enjoyment of the palate (1 Samuel 4:11). 4. Exceeding the necessary amount of food (Ezekiel 16:49). 5. Taking food with too much eagerness, even when eating the proper amount, and even when the food is not luxurious (Genesis 25:30, Hebrews 12:16–17).
Gluttony is not a weight issue, but a thought issue—it’s the way we think about food. We mustn’t allow food to have power over us. Self-control, or temperance, is a fruit of the Spirit. God wants the appetites of our flesh to be under the control of His Spirit. He asks each of us to make a conscious choice to give Him our bodies and to care for them well (Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 9:24–27)
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