We've heard it all before, right? Live longer! Look better! Feel younger! The promises made by marketing gurus are endless. They push facial products, dietary supplements, and the latest fitness fad. Solid psychological study, however, points us to the biblical principles of love, compassion, mercy, and kindness as key factors to a long and healthy life.
Though, researchers are reluctant to admit that the Bible consistently delivers sound healthy advice, it is consistently proven true. Research suggests that love, a central theme of the Scriptures, may be one of the most important predictors of longevity.
In a scientific study published in 2010 resulted in the discovery that having strong loving relationships with others appears to increase longevity by 50%.
And it's not just love, but all it's various forms like, compassion, kindness, and mercy. The research shows that a healthier and longer life doesn't come from finding someone to love, but the greatest benefit comes from loving others. Being compassionate, kind, and merciful toward others shows the most promise in our longevity and well-being. In other words, if we become more Christ like we become healthier and live longer.
Here's another study. Stephanie Brown at Stonybrook conducted an in depth analysis with elderly people and quickly learned that participants who were compassionate and actively involved in helping others lived longer lives. The contrary was true for those who were recipients of the care and compassionate support. Giving is another biblical principle that guides the hearts of many Christians and it's now scientifically proven to be a remarkable power over the human body.
The Power Of Biblical Christian Affirmations
Inevitably, you had a moment when you did something kind for someone else, and feel good about. On a spiritual level, you and I know that it is God depositing treasure in the heart. (Luke 6:38)
Ever wonder why you feel it with your body? In simple terms, the body and the soul and intertwined in such a way that one affects the other. If you sin with your body your soul feels the weight. Conversely, if you love, give, and are charitable your soul receives from God and your body biochemically reacts in healthy ways.
The good feelings we get when we love, or give, elevates naturally produced dopamine in the brain, so we "feel good". God designed this soul body connection for many reasons, mainly to keep us going in the right direction. If constantly choose the right direction we are reward with good health and long life, and both can also develop wisdom and understanding -- the pillars of our Christian faith.
And it doesn't stop there.
It's widely known that aging is brought about by a combination of many factors, mainly free radical activity and inflammation. Both factors generally result from unhealthy lifestyle choices.
But a remarkable 2008 study published by American Physiological Society research shows that oxytocin (a powerful hormone and neurotransmitter in the brain produced through emotional warmth) dramatically, and very effectively, reduces levels of free radicals and inflammation in our body, mainly in the cardiovascular system. The effect slows the aging process at its source. Incidentally, the release of naturally occurring oxytocin has positive collateral effect on reducing heart disease. This is also another reason why following God's word to be loving, kind, and merciful is good for you.
Now that we've proven God's word about longevity with scientific documentation let's directly to the source, the Bible.
Top 4 Proven Biblical Christian Affirmations For Longevity
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Quick analysis: The fear of the Lord leads to respectfully love God in an honorable manner that exalts Him. In this state of loving submissiveness we can easily follow His command to love God and others.
"With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation."
Quick analysis: Psalm 91 is about loving God, seeking God, and praying to God, activities that take our mind off ourselves but place it on God and others. God rewards these activities with long life and eternal life.
Proverbs 3:1 - 4
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Quick analysis: This one is very straightforward. If you keep God's commands to kind, merciful, and true to god and your faith you will receive long life and peace.
Proverbs 9:10 - 11
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by Me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.
Quick analysis: Humility before God and others will increase your wisdom over the many years God will grant you.
So love, be kind, and compassionate toward others. Give, be charitable, and help others. Good health, longevity, and positive genetic activity await those who follow God's word. Do you have favorite biblical Christian affirmations about longevity and good health, please share them below. God bless you. We're praying for you. see you in the kingdom.