I have been working from my home office since the beginning of the pandemic. But in a few short weeks, my employer will reopen the office.
I have not seen my desk in over a year. I imaging it's covered in a layer of dust. There is a full bottle of hand sanitizer that I purchased the week before the office closed. An outdated calendar is hanging behind my chair. A pair of shoes still sit under the desk. I can't remember what color they are. And there is a drawer with food. I'm not sure I want to open it.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10
This past year, we spent a lot of time cleaning our living spaces to make them free of germs. But that's not the only environment we need to pay attention to.
The Bible tells us to have a clean heart spiritually. An unclean heart will not accumulate dust, but it will collect debris from the world.
We can't clean our heart with soap and water. Only God can do that. Here are some steps we can take that will allow him to cleanse our heart.
Confess your sins to God
Our sins weigh us down and hold us hostage. But the healing power of confession restores our relationship with God and sets us free.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9
Immerse yourself in God’s word. His word is alive and will clean the depths of your heart and renew your spirit.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10
It hurts us when we refuse to forgive. It drains our emotional energy and can affect our health. More importantly, God cannot remove our sins unless we forgive others.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:31-32