The 6-Letter Word that Changes Everything

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

If you speed through your life as quickly as I do sometimes, particularly if you sometimes find yourself speeding through Bible verses, perhaps you have overlooked the six-letter word that changes everything when it comes to understanding and applying a well-known Bible verse. How often have you tossed around the words, “your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost,” like I and so many others have, with your point being that God wants us to take care of our bodies because they belong to Him? If you’re looking for the six-letter word that changes everything in that part of the Bible verse, let me offer you a word of encouragement. Look past those well known words and check out the rest of the verse. 

“Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your SPIRIT [bold added for effect], which are God’s.” Maybe you haven’t made the same mistake I have by speeding through this verse, but just in case you have let me make this point. God commands us to glorify Him in our bodies AND in our SPIRIT. According to the Bible concordance, the original Greek word that is translated into “SPIRIT” in this verse is defined as:

“From pneo; a current of air, i.e. Breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit — ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind.” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance online. (Bold added for effect).

Note that part of the definition is “the human spirit” and the “mind.” My understanding of the verse, given this definition, is that God is commanding us to glorify Him in our bodies AND IN OUR MINDS! Now I don’t know about you, but that takes glorifying God to a whole new level. Instead of merely taking care of our bodies because they belong to God, as we should, God wants us to make sure that OUR MINDS glorify Him also. And I can assure you, one quick virtual tour of my mind at any given moment should be enough to assure anyone that I have a pretty much full-time job when it comes to taking responsibility for what I allow into my mind, what I think about, etc. 

Do you realize that God commands us to love Him with all our hearts AND MINDS? Do you know that He tells us to guard (protect) our hearts (minds)? Do you know He tells us that what is in abundance in our hearts (minds) will come out of our mouths? Do you know He tells us our hearts (minds) are filled with wickedness? Do you know He tells us that He knows our hearts? And that He discerns what are the thoughts in our minds? Do you know He even tells us what to think about? 

Why do you think God is so concerned with what is in our hearts (minds)? Because we were created to love and worship Him, to reverence and adore Him, to listen to Him and to obey Him, to submit to Him, to serve Him, to live for Him. We were created to bring Him glory, right down to our thoughts, yes. 

Why is SPIRIT a six-letter word that changes everything? Because in the context of the Bible verse in which God tells us to glorify Him with our bodies, which you might think of as both your physical body as well as the words you speak from your mouth and the actions you take with your body, He ALSO wants us to glorify Him with our thoughts.

Pretty convicting, eh? Have you ever stopped to consider whether the things you think about bring God glory? If you haven’t, let now be the time. Because in our love and obedience to God, we are expected to bring Him praise and glory right down to our very thoughts. And when we do not, a place in which I too often find myself, we need to repent, to seek and receive His forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and to press on toward the goal of bringing our Creator glory. 

A six-letter word that changes everything, don’t you think? 

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:30

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23 KJV

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Luke 6:45 KJV

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 KJV

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies… Matthew 15:19 KJV

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things arehonest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; ifthere be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil. 4:8 KJV

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9 KJV

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 KJV
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