There is nothing ‘good’ about adding sugar to my coffee, except that it tastes good. Adding simple sugar to anything is not good for my health. I’ve known this for years, but I still do it. I have all but stopped drinking soda because of the acid and sugar in it… and what it does to my body, but I have not been able to stop using sugar in my coffee.
In this light, I’ve been dwelling more and more on the truth that my body houses the Spirit of God. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Corinthians 6:19 In this letter to the Corinthians, Paul continues to say “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
In Romans 14:14, Paul also tells us, “I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.”
So I know that it is lawful to eat any food, including sugar, but I know that sugar is not good for me and therefore, not good for God’s temple. Paul goes on to say “But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.” Romans 14:23
If I know that my body is the temple of God’s Spirit and I know that adding sugar to my coffee is not good for my health, His temple, why do I continue to do it? Because I am more interested in enjoying my cup of coffee with sugar than I am about caring for the temple of the Holy Spirit. In this area of my life, I care more about me than I care about God. Period!
Journey with me as I struggle with this issue… this habit that I know is unhealthy, and that for me, is sinful.
Pause and Reflect
Is there a habit that you have that is unhealthy for your body, God’s temple?
Let’s take this journey, of changing an unhealthy habit, together.