Recently, out of necessity, I unearthed my bicycle and cycled to the fairly local shop. Many may not see anything remarkable in that, but for me it was, for it is not one of my most frequent habits. I managed quite well going downhill and even on the level, but found it very difficult going up. It made me realise that we need constant, not spasmodic, exercise to remain fit. However, while I was in the saddle, it did give me an opportunity to think about the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 4: “Exercise thyself unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little, but godliness is profitable unto all things ....” (verses 7,8, KJV) I wonder how many of us spend as much time worrying about our spiritual health and fitness as we do about our physical state. We need constant, continuing spiritual exercise and only then will we really notice the difference: “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:13,14) If we have constant spiritual workouts (incidentally the word 'gymnasium' stems from the original of the word “exercise"), then we shall be more able to make good spiritual judgements on the problems that beset us. In other words, we shall be spiritually fit enough to tackle, with God's help, the hills and gradients of our lives. (Kindly reproduced with permission from The Christadelphian magazine)

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