Is Your Heart Clean?

Written by Sheila Hughes
We constantly wash our hands
How clean today is your heart?
Does the thought cross your mind?
If not, do you think it could start?

Cleanliness comes with intention
Daily we must work at it hard,
Sin has a way of slipping right in
Satan wants our soul to be marred.

God desires for us all to be holy
He stands ready to show us grace,
He knows if we greatly love Him
Fewer sins in our life will take place.

Stink we must keep washing off
Get forgiven from God right away,
Sin hurts more than just yourself
So, get rid of it quickly this day.

The Holy Spirit inside you helps
He convicts, should you fail to see,
Choose daily to become more aware
Train your character like His to be.
Many of us wash our hands many times daily, but do we think about whether our hearts are clean? We wash our bodies, brush our teeth, but do we still have a dirty heart? I dare say most of us don’t think about our hearts being dirty. There is a scripture about clean hands and a pure heart in (Ps. 24:4-5). God’s Word tells us to “be holy” and “keep yourself pure” (Lev.11:45; 1 Tim. 5:22). We all need to be determined, on a daily basis, in setting our hearts toward purity. We need to maintain its cleanliness with intention. It’s something we need to work hard at, desiring to do God’s will. Our will is the core for all our decisions and choices. Our heart and our will need to work together before we can pull off a godly life. Our heart influences what we will do. We choose whether we’ll sin or remain pure.

While in our earthly bodies, we have many physical desires of which we’ll have to deal. That’s why we need to guard our heart against those tempting sinful desires. In order to accomplish this better, we truly need to love the Lord with (all) our heart (Deut. 30:10). We need to remember that God knows our hearts, our thoughts, and what we will do before we even do it. He knows every secret. We definitely need to commit our heart fully to God. Even then, we all fall short of keeping our heart perfectly clean all the time. Thank God He shows grace when we sincerely desire His mercy and forgiveness (Ps. 24:3-5). We get better at sinning less with righteous training.

David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). That certainly didn’t mean David did not sin. It did mean that David loved God greatly and truly wanted to please Him. When David realized his sin, he felt great remorse and asked God to forgive Him. Sin, confession, and forgiveness touches us all. I’m so grateful for the Holy Spirit’s conviction when we sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

I hope when you go to wash your hands today of dirt, you’ll take time to ask yourself and God if your heart is clean. Try to have more awareness of where you stand before God. Resist the urge to sin and just say no. We (can) have a clean heart if we so choose. God wants to see that your heart truly desires to be more like Him daily. Love God greatly. And don’t forget, spiritual cleanliness actually is next to godliness!

Sheila Wells Hughes, July 23, 2021, # 1,042

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