1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come”
In this age, the health benefits of bodily exercise are often emphasized to improve one’s quality of life. Experts teach that pressure be exerted on the muscles to build them and cause them to grow stronger. The more resistance that’s applied to the muscles, the more the muscle tissues are broken down, but with rest and nutrition the muscle grows and becomes stronger. With this it would take more to break the muscle down. This also applies to an extant to the heart muscle.
Scriptures exhort that bodily exercise is indeed profitable, however let’s not lose focus here, it profits only a little. The point is that man is primarily a spirit being, the body is a container for the real you. It will be unwise to focus on keeping your house clean but not taking care of yourself as an individual. Likewise to focus on training the body while neglecting the training of the spirit is unwise.
Like the body can be trained, the spirit can also be trained, and it follows the same principle. You have to fortify yourself against things that will cause you to act outside of the love of God. The Bible in Galatians 5:23 starts out telling us that the first fruit of the spirit is love. If we look on to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, the attributes of love are highlighted there. We know that for your spiritual life, love is the greatest weapon for good.
So what do you do? Take each of the attributes of love, and the other fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22- 23, and exercise yourself to do what it says even when it feels difficult. When the pain builds, rather than burst out in the acts of the fleshly nature, go and take time resting in God (spend some time in prayer) and feed your spirit with more of God’s word. This is an iterative process and as you do it over and over you become stronger and stronger in spirit. This spiritual training is profitable in every area of life and also in the world to come.
Scriptures to Meditate: Job 36:11, Deut. 28:1, 1 Cor. 13:4-8, Gal.5:22-23, Eccl.7:8, Col.3:12-17