Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
To give you some context for today’s devotional, I live in a four-bedroom home with three roommates, and while the house is pretty much picked up, it was in need of deep cleaning. So we hired professional help.
After hours and hours of deep intense cleaning, I walked into what was an unrecognizable house. It instantly felt lighter, and beyond that – the rooms even appeared to be bigger.
To be honest, I was immediately ashamed. Again, from the exterior, the home was picked up and seemed to be clean, but clearly, there was dust in corners we had never reached before.
I was so happy to be home. I was so happy to lay in my bed. I was so happy to sit in my “work from home station.” I felt decluttered, and it felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders. A weight I didn’t know was there.
I like to think this is exactly what happens to our bodies and souls when we let God purify us clean. We may be walking around with a weight on our shoulders and not even know it. You won’t fully understand the degree of the filth around you until it’s gone.
As we start a new day and a new week, it is important that cling to this verse. May we not allow anything to contaminate the body or the spirit. Everyone has their vice. People struggle with habits, substances, and platforms that poison them. Whatever your crutch is, I pray you to have the strength to let that go.
Do not give in to that bottle, that app, that magazine, that video game, those people, that tv show, that music, those horrible self-harming thoughts, that substance.
Purify yourself from what harms you. It’s time we clean ourselves and remove those dust bunnies you may not even know is there.
Maybe it’s as simple as less time scrolling on IG. Maybe it’s as hard as breaking a 15-year addiction. Whatever it is, God has a promise for your life.
Father God, thank you for the strength to lean into your word and your love. We pray we remember to keep our bodies and our souls pure. May we learn to lean on you when things get tough. May we grow closer to you today. May we grow closer to you every single day. It is with all the love in our hearts that we pray each and every morning. In your Holy Name, Amen!