Much of the world is steeped in suffering, pain, and overall unbearable weakness. However, the point of life is to continue to live, especially for those in Christ Jesus who have been saved and set free from the bondage of sin and death. It is much better to attempt to reverse your suffering rather than cause it to worsen; yet, everyday people do the opposite of what they should be doing: pursuing life-destroying masochism, something the Bible speaks against.
Allowing the devil access to your life enables him to kill, steal, and destroy. However, God wants you to have life, and to have it more abundantly (John 10:10). People refuse, however, to come to Jesus to have life (John 5:40). Nonetheless, people are just interested in doing their evil deeds, and satisfying themselves in sin rather than pursuing Godliness, and this causes them to bring condemnation onto themselves (John 3:19).
But Paul tells you to mortify your members, as in make your body much better in operation for the Lord by staving off evil desires, and pursuing Godliness and goodness especially to help your body perform better. This makes you a better servant and minister for the Lord (Colossians 3:5). He also advises to treat your body as a Temple, because the Holy Ghost dwells within (John 14:16), and thus you should know your body is not your own, but it is of God (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Since your body is of God… You do not have the right to harm yourself, harm others, or commit violence in any other way. God has the key to life and death, and His People are outside of life and death when they receive eternal life. Therefore, God is the one who decides who will be born and who will die: It is not for someone else to decide. Do not ever think you have the right to harm anyone. Be without sin, and glorify the Lord!
Here are things that tend to destroy most of the time that you should stave off:
- Adultery, fornication, masturbation/uncleanness, and other forms of sexual immorality such as orgies, lasciviousness, polygamy, etc.
- Idolatry, heresies, false teachings
- Hatred, emulations, jealousy, variance/disagreements, wrath, strife, judgment, seditions/rebellion, murder, psychological abuse, physical abuse and violence, etc.
- Addictions that hurt the body: Smoking, drugs, alcoholism, drunkenness, revellings/wild parties, suicidal actions or threats, other purposeful harm such as overwork, etc.
This is important: No temptation has approached you that is uncommon; therefore, God knows you can bear it if he allows you to go through it. You must resist temptation whenever possible (1 Corinthians 10:13-14). God does not send trouble your way; therefore, all forms of lust and pride come from the world and from evil (1 John 2:16).
Do be careful of those you are around as well, for bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). Anything is permissible, but not everything is good for the soul (1 Corinthians 6:12). Withstanding temptation and other forms of evil will allow you to gain strength from the Lord (1 Peter 5:10). God delivers us on the day of trouble if we let Him (Psalm 50:15). Let your sufferings and troubles shape your character in God as He helps you (Romans 5:3-5). It is the Lord who gives us strength to do all things (Godly and glorious to Him) (Philippians 4:13).