Some mistakenly turn to food and drink for achieving joy. They overindulge to the point of wrecking their health, oftentimes ruining personal relationships in the process. When dealing with depression, some will turn toward the consumption of food and alcohol to “drown” their woes.
Commercials put out the idea that satisfying our appetites will solve our worries and make us happy. This time of year, we see a lot of advertising for Valentine’s Day and the allurement of candies and treats to express love to our significant other. And dining with that special someone to share a scrumptious meal and favorite beverages are presented as the traditional time of enjoyment.
But Christians know that indulging in food and drink are not what leads them to the eternal blessings of God’s kingdom. The Apostle Paul stated, “Therefore, do not let what is for a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men,” (Romans 14:16-18).
What the apostle is proposing is to satisfy our appetites by indulging in spiritual values. Indulging in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Spirit through Christ bring nourishment and health to our lives. And in view of the Kingdom hope, they last longer, too.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, feed me with righteousness, peace, and joy in you Holy Spirit each day. Amen.
Good News to YOU!
P.S. Here is “Joy”: http://youtu.be/E-r7ogDaaEQ