Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
A “not so fresh” smell had taken over my car. There was no more ignoring it or covering it up with air freshener. So, while getting gas I decided it was time to clean out the trashcan I keep in the back seat for the kids. Whew! If you have ever been a mom or had kids in your car for any length of time you can imagine all the things that came out of that trashcan. Some recognizable and some NOT!
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Repentance is vital in our walk with God. Daily repentance. If our hearts go uncleaned we can start acting “not so fresh” ourselves. Attitudes, anger, restlessness, regret or whatever else you have left rotting in your heart can permeate your life and the lives of those around you. Ignoring it won’t work. Covering it up won’t work. Well, it might for a little while, but eventually you won’t be able to stand yourself or worse, others won’t want to be around you.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
The good news is that just like that trashcan in my car, we can empty out the trash we’re holding in our hearts EVERYDAY! God is waiting for us to drop it off at His feet, accept His love, His forgiveness and His grace. His great love for us is a mystery to me. I don’t understand it, but it is real and available to us if we just ask.
GodChick’s L-O-V-E! L – let it go, O – on their knees, V – very passionately, E – every day!