For many people, the point of dieting is to achieve self-esteem and self-satisfaction by living up to our culture’s arbitrary standards of health and beauty. In this way, it’s not much different from works righteousness, where we try to be good in order to live up to what we think are God’s standards for loving us. But the truth is, God loves us, sinners that we are, and our bodies are perfect creations of God.

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Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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