The temple of God is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:17
Growing up in the South, references to keeping God’s temple holy usually meant that you shouldn’t “drink, smoke, or kiss girls (boys) that do” and a prohibition from doing a whole lot of stuff that one was inclined to experience. The phrase “keep God’s temple holy” was used to condemn all kinds of personal behavior, and frustrated many a southern boy.
Perhaps its wisdom and maturity, not a young man’s rationalization, that leads me to believe that St. Paul was trying to say something different. William Law says, “The pearl of eternity is the church or temple of God within thee, the consecrated place of divine worship, where alone thou canst worship God in spirit and truth.
Think of your heart and soul as a place you are free to visit every day, not just on Sunday to worship and communicate with God. Think of your heart and soul as home to God, as the Hebrews felt about their Temple. When you consider your heart and soul as the place where God resides in your life, his light will shine through in everything you do, and you will sing with the voice of angels.
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