6 Bible Verses On Healthy Eating

Last updated on May 14th, 2023 at 10:51 pm

6 Bible Verses On Healthy Eating

Food is one of the many gifts from God that we can thank Him for. (check here for spiritual gifts – https://15degreesne.com/spiritual-gifts/) It is important that we use food properly to fuel ourselves and do not overindulge except on special occasions. To do so all the time would have an adverse effect on the health of one’s body! And our bodies are a gift from God, so we need to give them the care that they need. Eating healthy is important, too! Take a look below for 6 of the verses that appear in the Christian Bible in regard to eating healthy and taking care of your body. 

1 Corinthians 10:31

The first verse that we will be discussing is 1 Corinthians 10:31. This discusses bringing God into your healthy eating and doing it for God above all else. For instance, doing your best to honor God above all things and honor him in your food and drink choices, too, can help to change your choices.

Having this goal in mind can help you to start eating better and making healthier choices that would please the Lord. All food can be eaten for the glory of God, and there are many ways that you can do this. For instance, you can think of God while doing your grocery shopping to help you make healthier choices, and also when you are portioning out the food or counting your calories.

Another thing is to sit down for each meal with a heart full of gratitude for God, and for the gift of food to nourish and care for your body. Taking proper care of your mind and body is one of the best ways that you can honor the Lord. The verse is as follows. 

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

Proverbs 25:27

The second Bible verse that we will be discussing is actually one of the Proverbs. It is Proverbs 25:27. This is from the Old Testament, instructing us to go easy on sugar and sweets.

This is a pretty obvious sign to eat healthy that you can find in the biblical text! Of course, eating sugar, or honey, as the Proverb says, is all right in moderation. This is simply a cautionary note to remind us to do so in small doses and not to go overboard.

To eat too many sweets or sugary foods can have many different adverse health effects for us, after all. It is always important to have healthy boundaries to eating. It is tempting to overindulge in good things, and God is only trying to remind us to follow boundaries to stay on the right path. God knows what is best for us, so He tries to give us gentle nudges in the right direction. This includes when it comes to eating healthy! The verse is as follows. 

“It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.” – Proverbs 25:27

1 Corinthians 6:12

One of the other verses that discusses healthy eating is 1 Corinthians 6:12. By interpreting the verse, you can learn to put reasonable limits on your food to better control your diet and eating habits. This can be an important part of healthy eating. Of course, you do not want to be too strict with yourself, punishing yourself or depriving yourself of food.

It is important, though, that you do not overindulge, or only do so every once in a while. Many people have complicated relationships with food, so setting boundaries can be a way for you to control these relationships that you have with food, or to change them for the better.

Overeating, overindulging, or choosing foods that are low in nutrition are not going to be beneficial for your mental or physical health. Obviously, no foods are off limits to you, but you should work to put reasonable limits on your food so that you can make the best chives for your body and your mind. The verse is below.

“‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything.” – 1 Corinthians 6:12

Ecclesiastes 3:13

The verse of Ecclesiastes 3:13 is in relation to toil and satisfaction. While, in this day and age, most of us are not farmers who are raising or growing the food that we put on the table. However, there are still ways that this verse can be interpreted for the modern age.

For instance, think of when you eat junk food. There is typically not a lot of satisfaction there, or you feel bad after the fact.

However, when you are eating healthy, you know that you are nourishing your body and this alone can be very satisfying. Plus, we can also look at the toil that is mentioned in the verse as the toil we put in if we care for our own vegetable garden or toil away in the kitchen cooking up delicious healthy meals.

It is much more satisfying to eat something tasty and healthy that we cooked at home ourselves, rather than eating fast food that is not good for us. The verse is as below.

“That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 3:13

1 Corinthians 10:13

One of the next verses that we will be going over is 1 Corinthians 10:13. In this particular verse, we look at temptation and the dangers of it. As you may be aware, temptation can often come into play when it comes to food. While the verse does not directly call out the link between temptation and food, it can be applied to this phenomenon.

Food cravings, especially cravings for those kinds of food that are unhealthy, are another kind of temptation. If you are facing temptation, like food cravings, you should turn to the Lord. God is powerful and He can show us a way out from temptation. God is faithful, and you do not have to give in to your temptations. Instead, you can hold steady and be strong in the face of temptation.

You can avoid these unhealthy cravings and eat healthier to nourish your mind and body instead. The verse is as follows.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

1 Corinthians 6:19 – 20

The verse of the Bible that we are discussing here is 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 6:20. While this particular verse does not call out healthy eating directly, the importance of healthy eating can be clearly inferred and understood from the verse.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 6:20, it says that our bodies are temples, and that they are vessels for the Holy Spirit. Due to this, it is extra important that we keep our bodies pure, clean, and healthy.

Not only are we the keepers of our bodies for our own sake or for God’s, but we are keeping our bodies in good shape for the Holy Spirit! Eating healthy is a great way to keep our bodies healthy, too, so by eating healthy and only eating rich, decadent foods in moderation, we can take care of our bodies better and treat them as the temples that they are. The verse is below. 

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19 – 6:20

In Conclusion

It is important for us to eat healthy and take care of our bodies, as they are gifts from God! Just like our bodies, food is a gift from God, too, and we should treat it as such.

Food can have many functions besides just nourishing us. It can be used to mourn, to celebrate, to entertain, to show hospitality, and more. Of course, its primary function is to serve as fuel so that we can live a healthy life, but that does not mean that we cannot enjoy eating and enjoy the taste of food, too.

Eating healthy is a way to honor God and nourish our bodies, so we should try to do so when possible, and only overindulge in moderation or every once in a while. Having a balance here is key.

If you are having issues with eating healthy, one of the first things that you can do is look to the Bible, as there are more than a few verses that discuss healthy eating! 

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Lucas is a former worship pastor and Hillsong College graduate (2005). He has spoken at churches, conferences and worship events and loves inspiring people to be more than just a Sunday service-goer. He founded 15 Degrees NE and is one of our leading authors.

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