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Cleaning Up Our Hearts

By Don Loftis | 10.03.12

This Saturday will be our opportunity to clean up our classrooms and offices so we can “invite company” into our facilities for some very special fall activities.  Events like this enhance safety, improve appearance, increase efficiency and even recycle some useful items.

Maybe there are times when we need to take a look at our own lives and do some cleaning there as well.  Bad habits can infiltrate the best of people.  Small heart issues like bitterness or discontent can grow into spiritually life threatening issues, if they are not removed.

In Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, he takes note that they were condoning one of their members cohabiting with his step-mother.  This blatantly immoral situation had to be addressed, so Paul wrote, “Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?  Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed” (I Cor. 5:6-7).   Immorality must be “cleaned out” of both our personal lives and the body of Christ, the church.

We need to take time to examine our hearts, our habits, and our motives.  We need to clean out anything that would be offensive to God or detrimental in our quest to honor the Lord in our daily lives.  The apostle John wrote it his way in I John 3:3, “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”  A clean heart is better than a clean house; a clean church is better than a clean church building!

 


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