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APRIL 2022

Not Your Own

by | 202204, Devotionals

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Narrated by Sonjia Calit & Written by Excel Dyquiangco

Hindi ba ninyo alam na ang inyong katawan ay templo ng Espiritu Santo na nasa inyo at ipinagkaloob ng Diyos sa inyo? Hindi na ninyo pag-aari ang inyong katawan; sapagkat binili niya kayo sa isang halaga. Kaya’t gamitin ninyo ang inyong katawan upang maparangalan ang Diyos.

1 Mga Taga-Corinto 6:19–20

Do you believe that your body is not your own? How could this be, you ask, since you have control over everything — what you touch, what you say, who you talk to? Pero once that you have already accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your body is not your own anymore because the Holy Spirit resides in you.

Let me backtrack a bit and explain today’s verse. Noong mga panahong iyon, the apostle Paul confronted the Christians in the church of Corinth about the issue of sexual immorality. Tila ang ilan ay nagtatalo dahil tingin nila na dahil ang ating mga katawan ay mamamatay at mabubulok, hindi mahalaga what we do with our bodies. Gayundin, maaari nilang gawin ang anumang sekswal na ekspresyon na gusto nila (1 Corinto 6:12–13). Pero tinanggihan ni Paul ang mga maling paniniwalang ito.

The idea na ang ating mga katawan ay hindi mahalaga is definitely wrong. Ang katawan ng isang Kristiyano ay kung saan nakatira ang Banal na Espiritu. Itinaas ni Paul ang ating mga katawan sa antas ng pagiging mga templo, mga banal na lugar, na bahay ng Espiritu ng Diyos. Ibinibigay ng Diyos ang Kanyang Espiritu sa bawat taong nagtitiwala kay Jesus para sa kaligtasan.

Paul wrote in the next verses that God bought you and me with a high price, that is, with the blood of Jesus. Tayo ay naging pag-aari ng Diyos nang tayo ay lumapit sa Kanya through faith in Jesus. Iyon ang dahilan kung bakit ang ating mga katawan is not our own anymore, to do anything with it as we please. So instead of using your body for your own carnal pleasures, you can use it to honor God — with what you do, what you think, or what you say.

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LET’S PRAY

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for saving me by grace through Jesus. May my body be a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

APPLICATION

How will you honor God through your body? In your journal, write a prayer to God detailing how you are going to use your body for His glory.

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