Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
–1 John 2:15 ESV
Most of us would not admit readily to being in love with the world, but our actions might say differently. The things we hang on to and actively protect on the shelves of our hearts aren’t without consequence. Over time they occupy space intended for God, smother practical applications of truth, and impede the movement of the Spirit.
But knowing you need to clear out space from your heart and do a soul-purge isn’t enough. Just like cleaning a basement, you have to actually put on your gloves, grab some trash bags, and start going through the junk one piece at a time. Until you decide to act, the spirit-clogging disorder will remain.
So, is it time for some hard work? Maybe you need to commit to do as Peter instructs in 2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV), “…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- I need to begin making “every effort” to live for You. God, show me where, when, and how.
- I know there’s more in my heart than I realize. Jesus, show me how to start a soul purge that will lead to holy living.