Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Love Cleanses

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1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (HCSB)

When it came to taking a bath, my two children had different approaches. My daughter took one regularly of her own accord while my son had to be persuaded. And he surely wasn’t interested in a daily bath. “What’s the purpose of washing when I’m gonna get dirty again,” was probably his unmentioned philosophy. Sort of like the “What’s the use of making the bed when I’m gonna get back in it tonight” mentality. Personal hygiene is important-for us and if we want friends. Spiritual hygiene is more so. The bible calls it sanctification-the lifelong process in which God baths us daily until we smell like him and our fragrance becomes evident to others. He doesn’t accomplish it with body wash, shampoo, deodorant, and perfume but with his Word, prayer, time spent with other believers and through teaching us to trust him in every situation. Even the difficulty of trials and temptations are part of the cleansing, and God’s power in us to endure is proof of his love.