Think for a moment – If you saw a friend getting drunk you might have a talk with her. But if your friend orders an appetizer, dinner, AND dessert I doubt anyone would say anything about that. It’s the norm. If I complained I was so full that I felt sick – I don’t think anyone would be offended.
Gluttony destroys the body and is careless Christian living.
In America, many diseases are on the rise as a result of gluttony. The rampant obesity in our culture is a result of gluttony (in most cases) and many people are reaping the harsh consequences of this sin that is rarely discussed in church yet is prevalent.
In Bible times people ate to sustain life – excess was only available to the wealthy.
Women had to sweat a bit more doing their household tasks – they did not have washing machines, dish washers and cars to carry their groceries in. The Proverbs 31 woman had “arms strong for the task” and it wasn’t from lifting weights – but from doing her daily work. She was not tempted to eat a big mac, fries, soda and ice cream.
Times really have changed and that is why the Bible seems silent on exercise and weight loss.
The disciples would probably laugh if they saw the treadmills we run on. The Proverbs 31 lady might find our pilates exercises a bit strange and unnessary. We live in different times – but God’s word was applicable yesterday, today and will be tomorrow. The principles of Proverbs stand and we must live by them.
If you are guilty of gluttony – that is you lack self-control with food and over-indulgulge yourself regularly – then the first step toward weight loss is to call gluttony what it is – sin.
Repent of your sin.
Remember – on one end of the spectrum is obssession over every bite – that is not living freely.
On the other end is gluttony – which imprisons you.
In the middle is self-control, balance and freedom. Be free!
Walk with the King!