Have You Ever Eaten Expired Food?

Once, after a long day, I was craving a quick snack—a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich seemed perfect. However, upon grabbing the bread, I discovered it was overtaken by mold—clearly expired and inedible.

This got me thinking: while we all know the health risks of eating physically expired food, we often overlook the “expired food” that affects our souls. This type of nourishment isn’t about what we eat, but what we consume emotionally and spiritually, such as harboring unforgiveness, holding grudges, or living in the past.

Physical and Spiritual Nourishment

Just as expired physical food can make us sick, these negative emotional states can lead to spiritual malnourishment and stunt our growth. They might offer temporary satisfaction, making us feel justified in our feelings or actions, but eventually, they lead to a form of sickness visible in our attitudes, words, behaviors, and outlook.

The Bible addresses this directly:

  • Isaiah 55:2: “Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.”
  • Luke 11:3: “Give us each day the food we need.”

These verses remind us that just as we seek fresh, nourishing food for our bodies, we should also seek fresh spiritual nourishment that promotes health and growth.

Breaking Free from Expired Food

So, how can we avoid consuming expired food for our souls? Here are two key strategies:

  1. Embrace Forgiveness: Make forgiving others a regular practice in your life. Forgiveness frees us from the past and prevents negative emotions from taking root. Just as we need daily bread, we need a daily renewal of forgiveness.
  2. Let God Define Your Identity: Instead of letting society, past experiences, or other people dictate who you are, find your identity in what God says about you. This identity is not tied to your past but to the endless possibilities of your future in Christ.

Isaiah 43:19 promises, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

In conclusion, life is too short to waste on expired food. Let’s strive to nourish our souls with what is fresh and life-giving. Remember, Jesus, the bread of life, doesn’t offer expired food—He offers us the fresh food that truly satisfies and sustains us.

What are you choosing to consume today? Expired food or soul food?

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