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Cleansing Power
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I like to clean my house. Some people find it funny that I not only like my house clean, I actually enjoy the cleaning process. Cleaning has a very calming effect on me and helps me to feel organized.

In my life, organization has had amazing results on my well-being and happiness. I feel like I can be the most productive when my life is organized and settled.

This feeling of being clean draws me to what the Bible says about cleanliness. God refers to it as a cleansing of our sins. In Isaiah 1:18, God says, “I, the Lord, invite you to come and talk it over. Your sins are scarlet red, but they will be whiter than snow or wool.”

Purified by the Holy Spirit

I realized that as I spend time cleaning my house, I need to spend much more time with God, cleansing my soul. It is an amazing feeling to be purified by the Holy Spirit and to start each day not only organized on the outside, but from within as well.

The disorganization represented by the clutter and the periphery of a material life is like the disorder that often is present in our spiritual lives. When we are inattentive to our spiritual life, it can become a tangled mess of doubts, fears and the filth of a fallen world. But with the help of the one who organizes the cosmos and washes away the permanent stain of sin, we can let Jesus scrub away the dirt from our lives eternally. And speaking as someone who finds intense satisfaction from organization and cleanliness, that is a peace that passes all understanding.

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By Erika Gladden. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version ®.


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