So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:21

How many of us were asked in our lifetime if our room was clean? Even adults worry about their house being clean when visitors unexpectedly arrive. We have all heard the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness”, but that exact quote did not come from the Bible. However, Jesus did say in Matthew 23:26-28 “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

How clean are you? You may have perfect white teeth, manicured nails, tailored suit coat, a beautiful dress, but how much time do you really take in cleaning the inside? If one was to take a good look at your heart, how much evil and filth would be found inside? We spend so much time on our outward appearance. We spend so much money on name brand clothing. Jesus does want us to have a good appearance, but he cares more about what is on the inside. Do you feed your mind and heart with movies, music, videos, books, games, and websites that encourage a clean heart? We may not think these things matter, but what we watch and listen to deeply influences our character. We need to clean out our hearts, get rid of anything that fills our heart with evil, and saturate ourselves with God’s Word. His Word has the power to save souls. We do not study God’s Word as much as we should and when the tests of life come, we fail miserably. If we work harder at tidying our hearts, we will not be so self-absorbed and will be better suited to bring “visitors” to Christ.

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