Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Displaying Due Honor to Our Creator and Savior

Glorify God in your body and in your spirit, these belonging to God

God is creator of our souls and bodies; he not only made them but also freed them from the devil's lordship.  It behooves us, therefore, to praise him both through the body and through the soul, doing and saying what prompts the tongues of everyone to benediction.… Mindful of the exhortation, let us present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, and sanctify our soul with the remembrance of his manifold kindnesses, so that in the present life we may truly be styled temples of God and enjoy the promised blessings, thanks to the grace and lovingkindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and the all-holy Spirit belong glory and majesty, now and forever, for ages and ages.  Amen.

Theodoret of Cyrus, "The First Letter to the Corinthians" on 1 Corinthians 6:20

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