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A Clean Heart

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Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

These words were penned by King David when he had sinned with Bathsheba, and Nathan, the prophet, confronted the king with his sin.

I often wonder if Christians see conviction and repentance as negative in today’s word. Sin is not much fun to talk about, let alone confess. We certainly would not want a trusted brother or sister to confront us with it. Why that would be judgmental, wouldn’t it?

But no, my friends. It is not a negative to face our sin, repent of it through confession, then turn from it and be forgiven. And a brother or sister in Christ pointing it out should be seen as a loving act.

Several years ago, one of my children did not want to wait for the walk sign at a busy intersection. She darted out right in front of a moving car. I caught her by the arm, pulling so hard I pulled her arm out of socket. She narrowly escaped being hit. Why would I do something that caused my child pain? Because I love her! I am sorry her arm was hurt, but her actions could have completely destroyed her!

That is what sin can do to you and me. Our response must be like David’s. We need to see it through God’s eyes and turn from it. Then we can have a clean heart and a renewed walk with God! How about let’s start the day out in just this way?

And there you go!

Loving God Freely

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Luke 10:27 says, “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” These are the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her famous poem.

Would we be able to give an answer to this question about our love for God? Do we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind?

If our heart is not given over to God, we cannot love Him the way He deserves. When our soul is not at rest, we will not be able to love God either. Our strength is weakness without God’s power to love as He requires. And our mind without renewal will betray our love for God if it is not bathed in Scripture.

We are undone then, save the fact that God can and must take over our hearts, our souls, our strength, and our minds.

As the old hymn, “I Surrender All“ says,

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

Are you freely giving Him your heart, soul, strength, and mind?

For it is only then we will be able to love God as He deserves.

Surrender today as we obey the Lord’s command to love Him as He asks - heart, soul, strength, and mind!

And there you go!

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