Is It Time to Spring-Clean Your Heart?
Written by Jenn Arman | March 17, 2017
Hey girls, it’s now officially springtime! One thing that always comes up in our home during this time of year is spring cleaning.
Now, I’m not really a fan of cleaning house; I never have been. My mom always used to say that my bedroom looked like it had been hit by a tornado. Something I do enjoy, however, is organizing.
I love to sort and organize things. I also love throwing or giving things away that I no longer need or that I never needed in the first place.
Well, in Galatians and Philippians, the apostle Paul talks about a kind of cleaning of our hearts and minds.
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outburst of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 (NLT))
I use the New Living paraphrase for this because it makes it easier to understand what sinful activities are listed here.
Paul says that these are the desires of our sinful nature. They are the things in our hearts and minds that we’re supposed to allow God’s Spirit to clean out when we receive salvation. Paul goes on to discuss the fruit of the Spirit that should appear in our lives, but let’s flip on over to Philippians to find out what things we should fill our hearts and minds with.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8 (NASB))
Here Paul tells us not just what results we should see from having the Holy Spirit at work in us; he tells us what things to fix our minds and hearts on in order to keep us from fixing our thoughts on what is evil.
This is spring cleaning for your heart and mind: fixing your eyes on what is good, true pure, etc., and letting the Holy Spirit fill you with those things and cleanse you of the other things.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Girls, what are some examples of things we can fix our minds on that would please God?
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