So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk.
~I Peter 2:1, MSG
They say that house work will not kill you; I say, why take that chance?
I was walking through the kitchen a few days back and June was sweeping. She had amassed a sizable amount of dirt. I said, “Where in the world did that come from?” She said, “From you and others like you. I do this every day you know.” If you keep a clean house, you have to sweep daily. As I opened the Message yesterday morning and began to read, the first line got my attention, “So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk.” I highlighted four words: malice, pretense, envy and hurtful talk. I highlighted these four words because I am guilty of all four; especially one and four. I am not happy with the way the virus has been handled. I am not pleased with our governors, mayors or congressmen. I have absolutely no respect for the media, not even FOX. The main stream media would not know the truth if it bit them on the neck. I am sick of these spoiled, over paid athletes who dishonor the flag and those who have fought to protect it. If my contempt for the left is not malice, it is border line.
Then there is my propensity to say what I think no matter who it offends. This would be a virtue if I was always right and always loving but of course, I am not. I am human. I don’t suppose I ever know all the facts and I am sure that I do not always interpret the facts I do know with the purest of motives. I tell you one thing, the word of God convicts me of sin and I repent daily. I am convinced that the Christian life is lived in a state of repentance. It’s like cleaning house or breathing: we do it and then do it again. Imagine what your house would look like if you stopped cleaning. Your heart needs cleaning just as much as the house. David prayed in Psalm 51, Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Paul said to the Corinthians,
Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Time is precious and we certainly don’t want to wish it away but the hot dry weather is not my cup of tea. Big Mama doesn’t like the heat either. We don’t deserve any rain but we need some. It is as dry as a powder keg at 1120 Iron Man.
If I am not mistaken, school starts tomorrow. Pray for teachers and students. Pray for those battling cancer: Tracey B, Sandra Sharp and Sharon. Always pray for the president.