“Already” in the Flesh

If you missed Against the Flesh: Part 1 and Against the Flesh: Part 2, you might want to go back and read them first.  You’ll definitely want to check out Tammy’s awesome response posted yesterday.

Like Tammy said yesterday, we all have internalized lies about our bodies that have distorted our self-image and our approach to relationships and sexuality.  But we don’t have to live in that place anymore.

It’s time to embrace the truth about who we are as children of God.  It’s time to spend a little time in the “already” of the kingdom of God.

So today, even just for an hour or a few minutes, allow yourself to really believe and live into the “already.”

Tell yourself in the mirror, or grab a friend and take turns telling each other the truth about who you are.  Allow your body to hear your words, receive them, and begin to transform your life–as Tammy said–from the inside out.

Are you ready?

 

 

(Better get ready…)

 

 

Here we go!

Truth #1: You are precious.

4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give nations in exchange for you,  and peoples in exchange for your life. 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;  I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar  and my daughters from the ends of the earth— 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”  Isaiah 43:4-7 (TNIV)

Truth #2: You are priceless.

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (TNIV)

Truth #3: You are chosen.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 (TNIV)

Truth #4: You are the dearly loved child of God.

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (TNIV)

Still don’t believe it? Take some time to review the list of “already” verses from Tuesday. I also encourage you to revisit some of God’s truth about your identity in this list.

What’s your favorite truth about who you are?  How are you living in the “already” today?

 

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About Laura K. Cavanaugh

I'm a writer, spiritual director, and advocate of holistic body theology.

Posted on April 26, 2012, in Body Image, Identity, Image of God, Physicality and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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