Created in God’s Image

in His imageThere is so much attention placed on our bodies.  Countless articles, books, and videos are dedicated to helping people have the “perfect” body.  The media tells us what makeup to wear so your eyes will pop, what hairstyle best compliments your face shape, what type of jean is most flattering, what exercises will make you look red-carpet-ready in the shortest time and with the least effort put forth.

We are so much more than our bodies. So much more than our outward appearance!  Our bodies, in all shapes and sizes, are created in God’s own image!

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  Genesis 1:27

How beautiful is that?  God created all things.  Trees that reach up to the heavens, birds that sing so sweetly, fish that glide through the waters.  Our loving Creator took what was nothing but a “formless void” (Gn. 1:2) and out of nothing, created such astounding beauty!  And yet, while the beauty of nature and animals is certainly awesome, God made human beings something more.  We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14)  Not just another part of creation, humans were created separately, in the very image of God Himself!

As such, we are called to treat our own bodies with dignity and respect.  In fact, our bodies are not just empty shells but are the temple of the Holy Spirit!

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Created in God’s own image with our bodies as a temple for the Holy Spirit dwelling among us.  How amazing!  If we were only to remember these facts how different would we live our lives?

If we looked upon every human life as created in God’s image, how could we turn a blind eye to abortion, to refugees struggling for a better life, to those who are starving, homeless, or sick?

If we saw ourselves as the temple to the Holy Spirit within us, how could we possibly abuse and degrade our bodies?

What if, instead of focusing on the latest fad diet, we put that time and energy into glorifying God in our bodies?

We need to see God in ourselves and in those around us that we may be more mindful of our actions and words.  More respectful of all life.  More the person God created each of us to be.  More like Christ. For we are created in the very image of God.

“Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other, and have the courage to accept each other as we are. Do not be surprised or become preoccupied at each other’s failures – rather, see and find in each other the good, for each one of us is created in the image of God.” Blessed Mother Teresa

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9 thoughts on “Created in God’s Image

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  2. Peter September 23, 2015 at 7:10 am Reply

    Yes, you are right we are all made in God’s image so that we need to see God in others and to respect them. A radio programme this morning invited listeners to talk about a homeless man living on the street. Compassion shone through from most contributors although there were some who questioned whether he was a truly homeless person or a “professional beggar”. Now,what view do we take of the”professional beggar”? What view does God take?

    • rosesnearrunningwaters September 23, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply

      I know that it can be hard to tell sometimes and unfortunately there are people who take advantage of the kindness of others or who make no attempt to better their lives and instead rely on the generosity of others who truly believe that the person is in dire need. God knows who is truly in need of help and who is just working the system and that is between the person and God. I personally try to assume the best of everyone so that when I see someone who appears to be in need, I just assume that they are and if I am able to help I do. One suggestion I have heard and that I sometimes take myself is that if you have reservations about giving to someone you see on the street, you could give them some food instead of money. Or, you could instead give that money to a local organization that helps the needy. God Bless!

  3. monicakay September 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Sister in Christ,
    This blog gives me something to think about. I am a part of the Gift of life project where I deal with the issue of abortion. If we values our bodies as a sacred temple of the Holy Spirit, abortion would be disrespecting the body. Just as it is disrespectful to commit a sin within a sacred church. The sin seems to be magnified when it is in front of within something so holy. I also have been reflecting on chastity as well when it comes to treating out bodies as a temple. It’s a hard concept to grasp especially in today’s society. Perhaps you can shed light and let me know your thoughts. God bless

    • monicakay September 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm Reply

      In front of or within* something holy.

    • rosesnearrunningwaters September 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm Reply

      That is so wonderful to hear of your work supporting life! I think chastity is made out in the media today to be an almost non-existent thing. But true chastity is treating our bodies with respect and as the temple of the Holy Spirit which they are! When you think of it that way, it only makes sense to keep our bodies as pure as we can, knowing that when we do fail, the Lord is full of mercy for us. Today’s society makes the physical part of a relationship seem like the biggest part. Like an absolute necessity. But relationships are so much more than the physical. And the physical aspects of a relationship are a thing of beauty when done in accordance with God’s will. But chastity isn’t just about waiting for marriage. Even within marriage there is a call to chastity. To still respect the body God has given us, to see others (even a spouse) as a beautiful person created by Christ and not just an object to be used for pleasure. I hope some of that made sense! God Bless!

      • monicakay October 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

        Chastity is one of the hardest virtues nowadays. Intimacy can be expressed in many creative ways besides the most physical aspect of it. Please pray for me because I’m still trying to understand chastity in its complete form.

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    • rosesnearrunningwaters November 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm Reply

      Thank you very much for the nomination! I do not participate in the awards but I still thank you very much for your support! God Bless!

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