“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
While you’re cleaning out closets and sweeping under the furniture, think about this: Spring cleaning, while worth the effort, will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have an eternal influence. So don’t just dust behind those book shelves, dust off that favorite Bible and get ready for a spiritual spring cleaning. When we allow unhealthy thoughts and attitudes to pile up in our heart it can become a catch-all for clutter and junk. When we have a messed-up heart that harbors incorrect attitudes or contaminated thoughts they eventually lead to self destructive behavior. There are times that we need to do a little ‘spring cleaning’ in our hearts.
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
Take a break from the business of life; take inventory of all of the ways you are spending time. Do your commitments reflect the things that you value the most? God, Family, Loving others? We need to check our hearts and look for anything that could cause disorder, preventing us from living godly lives.
“It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:12
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see His ways…Psalm 119:37 “Turn my life away from worthless things.” Spend time studying God’s word, knowing and seeking His wisdom, and showing love to others. Get rid of anything that keeps you from spending time with The Lord. Meditate on the scripture and fill your heart with worship and praise. When our hearts are clean, the gospel will shine from every corner of our lives.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12