Thank you, Joan, for your post for Anchor Friday. If you haven't read her post yet, please click above and read it!
Eating is the most basic necessity of life, and so there are a multitude of references to it in the Bible, and as Joan said, God has had a lot to say to His people about it. It is not an easy thing to conquer the lusts of our bodies, overeating being one of them.
1 John 2:16 For everything in the world-- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-- comes not from the Father but from the world.
Philippians 3:19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.
1 Thessalonians 4:4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
I just did a search on lust, stomach, and control, and these are the verses I found that really struck me.We need to remember that we are not of the world anymore, if truly the love of God is in us, and that we belong to Christ now. That lustful, gluttonous person that Claudia used to be, no longer is. She has been set free. I am now a child of God, and a slave to righteousness. And if I find myself living according to my old nature, it's only because I consciously choose to.
Let us learn to control our own bodies in a way that is holy and honorable!