But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. I Timothy 4:7,8
As a regular exerciser, I can say that I love the effects of exercise. The actual work of exercise maybe not so much, but the effects are certainly worth the effort. I love how it makes me feel and how it makes me look.
Exercise is good for you and when you know you are doing right for your body, it’s a good thing! Stretching and building muscles help the body with endurance, aerobic exercise such as walking, biking or swimming keep the heart pumping and strong. Exercise also keeps extra pounds off and tones the muscles.
But exercise must be done a few times a week to be effective. There are days I don’t really want to work out, or it’s incredibly hot outside etc. But by making myself go and do it, it becomes easier and I end up glad that I did it.
Exercising ourselves toward godliness reaps an even greater reward. God’s Word tells us it is profitable in all things. We exercise our spiritual muscles by spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word. It builds our character, fills us with life-changing power to endure the trials and struggles of life and gives us an inner beauty that radiates out. It may not be easy, and we may have to make the choice to forgo other activities to put time with God first. But if we are faithful, we will find He is faithful to meet us and abundantly bless us. Exercising ourselves toward godliness is definitely worth it!!