“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

– James 3:3-5

Yesterday, we talked about the placebo effect. Interestingly, the opposite is also true, and this is called the nocebo effect. I think that the nocebo effect may be more important than the placebo effect because it speaks to how we often think negatively about our bodies and our health. 

Unfortunately, when we do this, we may begin to manifest signs and symptoms of something that we really don’t have. I believe this can happen to us when we’re faced with advertisements, news stories, and articles that seek to instill fear with regard to our health and well-being. 

Friend, part of honoring your body means you are not expecting things to go wrong. When something feels strange or unusual, don’t tell your flesh how stupid it is; instead, affirm that it is a gift from God and that He will take care of it. In the same way you would show respect to another human being, refrain from speaking negative words about your physical tent. Rather than being quick to judge your condition, have mercy on your body, and speak kindly to it. As much as it may feel strange, doing so is the key to inheriting God’s best in your physical health. Your body is a gift, and honoring it is also honoring the One who made it! 


Jesus, help me to expect good things in my health, not bad, and to show respect for the earthly tent you have blessed me with.


What tone do you use when you speak to your body? Do you bless it or curse it?

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