Healthful Living


Chapter 8—Health

General Statements

92. Health is a great treasure. It is the richest possession that mortals can have. Wealth, honor, or learning is dearly purchased, if it be at the loss of the vigor of health. None of these attainments can secure happiness if health is wanting.—Christian Education, 16. HL 29.1

93. The health should be as sacredly guarded as the character.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 82, 83. HL 29.2

94. Our physical, mental, and moral powers are not our own, but lent us of God to be used in his service.—The Health Reformer, November 1, 1877. HL 29.3

95. The more perfect our health, the more perfect will be our labor.—Testimonies for the Church 3:13. HL 29.4

96. The importance of the health of the body is to be taught as a Bible requirement.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896. HL 29.5

97. All who profess to be followers of Jesus should feel that a duty rests upon them to preserve their bodies in the best condition of health, that their minds may be clear to comprehend heavenly things.—Testimonies for the Church 2:522. HL 29.6

98. That time is well spent which is directed to the establishment and preservation of sound physical and mental health.... It is easy to lose health, but it is difficult to regain it.—The Review and Herald, September 23, 1884. HL 29.7


99. Perfect health depends upon perfect circulation.—Testimonies for the Church 2:531. HL 30.1

100. The health of the entire system depends upon the healthy action of the respiratory organs.—How to Live 6:57. HL 30.2

101. If we would have health, we must live for it.—The Health Reformer, December 1, 1870. HL 30.3

102. We can ill afford to dwarf or cripple a single function of mind or body by overwork, or by abuse of any part of the living machinery.—The Review and Herald, September 23, 1884. HL 30.4

103. A sound body is required for a sound intellect.—Christian Education, 17. HL 30.5

Faith and Practise

104. When we do all we can on our part to have health, then may we expect that the blessed results will follow, and we can ask God in faith to bless our efforts for the preservation of health. He will then answer our prayer, if his name can be glorified thereby; but let all understand that they have a work to do. God will not work in a miraculous manner to preserve the health of persons who are taking a sure course to make themselves sick.—How to Live 4:64. HL 30.6

105. A careful conformity to the laws God has implanted in our being will insure health, and there will not be a breaking down of the constitution.—The Health Reformer, August 1, 1866. HL 30.7

How to Preserve Health

106. Many have inquired of me, What course shall I take best to preserve my health? My answer is, Cease to transgress the laws of your being; cease to gratify a depraved appetite, eat simple food, dress healthfully, which will require modest simplicity, work healthfully, and you will not be sick.... Many are suffering in consequence of the transgression of their parents. They cannot be censured for their parents’ sins, but it is nevertheless their duty to ascertain wherein their parents violated the laws of their being; and wherein their parents’ habits were wrong, they should change their own course, and place themselves, by correct habits, in a better relation to health.—The Health Reformer, August 1, 1866. HL 30.8

107. The harmonious, healthy action of all the powers of body and mind results in happiness; the more elevated and refined the powers, the more pure and unalloyed the happiness. An aimless life is a living death. The mind should dwell upon themes relating to our eternal interests. This will be conducive to health of body and mind.—The Review and Herald, July 29, 1884. HL 31.1

108. God has pledged himself to keep this living machinery in healthful action if the human agent will obey his laws and co-operate with God.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897. HL 31.2