What comes to mind when you think about spring cleaning? Perhaps it is cleaning windows, dusting, washing the bed sheets, and so on. Maybe it is going through closets and cupboards and getting rid of excess stuff we no longer use or need. The feeling of getting our spring cleaning done is one of energy and a sense of renewal and ready for what comes.
Have you ever added to your spring-cleaning list a spiritual cleaning. What does spiritual cleaning look like. The bible tells us to draw near to God and cleanse ourselves from within. Let’s take a look at Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
This verse is telling us to do.
- Repent of our sins.
- Modify our hearts and minds so that we are ready and open to accept God’s word.
Let’s elaborate a bit on 1 and 2.
We should always repent of our sins and ask God for forgiveness. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Now that’s deep cleaning our hearts. How wonderful it is to know that 2 Corinthians 5:19 says, that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Modifying our hearts is important. Proverbs 4:23-24 says: Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. We must not think bad, negative thoughts. Remember the sense of energy one gets from spring-cleaning a home. It is a positive energy and exuberance. Just like getting rid of the bad, negative thoughts gets rid of our bad energy. God wants us to also keep our hearts pure so that we may keep his word. Remember, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8.
What a great sense of positive energy can come from repenting of our sins and changing our bad habits (getting rid of the old). As we guard our hearts and keep studying and reading his word, what joy we will find.
Contribute by Carrie Guthmiller
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