Sunday, April 18, 2021

Spring Cleaning

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
and renew a right, persevering and steadfast spirit within me." 
Psalm 51:10

It's that time of year again! It's time for spring cleaning. I like to do a deep and thorough house cleaning in the spring and then again in autumn before the holidays. In spite of doing a deep house cleaning twice a year, in spite of doing a weekly house cleaning every Saturday and in spite of trying to keep things picked up and tidy daily, dirt and grime and stuff still accumulate! The need to clean my house just never ends!

There are some similarities between the need to keep our physical home clean and maintained and the need to keep our "spiritual house" clean and maintained as well. Our "spiritual house" could be called our innermost being, our soul or our heart. No matter what we want to call it, the truth is, dirt and grime and stuff accumulate in us just as they do in our home. When we ask Jesus to be our Savior and Lord and repent of our sins, He thoroughly and completely cleanses us from all of our sins.  "If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]."1 John 1:9AMPC Praise God! He doesn't just cleanse us from our sin once, but He continuously cleanses us because, like our homes, we tend to accumulate messes! The need to be cleansed from sin never ends but neither does the cleansing that Jesus offer us. All we have to do is to confess our mess and give Him access to every room, every nook and cranny, every secret hiding place of our spiritual house and He will do a thorough job of keeping our innermost being clean.

It's a great feeling to have all of my spring cleaning done, but the best feeling of all is when I know my heart is completely open and yielded to Jesus and that He has thoroughly cleansed every part of me. The need to let Him do so never ends, but He faithfully and continuously cleanses me every single time. Oh, how thankful I am for that!

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