Body Image and Cancer- excerpt Finding Hope in Your Cancer Journey

The truth? Even though God finds my body
important, and doctors certainly tell me it’s important, at times in my mind I find myself treating it like it’s my worst enemy.
▶ CIRCLE any that sound like you.
• I hate my hips, my stomach, my arms, etc.
• The older I get, the flabbier I get.
• I never look at my body in the mirror.
• I never dreamed that my body would look like this.
• Fat cells fly through the air and attach to my hips.
Cancer, of course, adds more negative
thoughts about my body:
• Why can’t my body walk better, breathe better, lift better, etc?
• I take care of my body, and yet I still get cancer.
• I should be doing better by now.
• Why do I feel worse, when the doctor says I’m doing better?
• There seems to always be “one more
Let’s look at our verse one more time:

Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the
Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to
you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but
to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19

What does it mean to say that our body is a
In the Greek, the word “temple” in this verse
actually refers to not just the temple of God,
but a portion of the temple called the Holy of
Holies. This location in the temple designates
the place of God’s presence. (1)
The Holy of Holies was so holy, so pure that
humans could not enter it. The only exception
was once a year on Yom Kippur, when the high
priest would be washed up, dressed up, prayed
up and sent into the Holy of Holies to offer
a sacrifice to God for the sins of the Jewish
people. Just in case the High Priest wasn’t pure
enough to be in the place of God’s presence,
they tied a rope around his ankle so they could
drag out his dead body. Now, THAT’S a pretty
holy place.
Your body is a holy place where the presence
of God resides. You don’t need to worry about
if you are pure enough, because YOU ARE!
Jesus cleaned you up on the cross. Your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit- can there be
anything more important than that?

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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