Spring is a wonderful time to clean out your house. The fresh air and the weather inspires you to rid your house of garbage and extra things that you’ve been storing up all winter. While we are at it maybe it’s time to do some “cleaning” of our hearts as well!
Recently my family was able to sell our house. We moving to a little larger house to provide a little more space for our growing family. We are growing larger in years, not in number! They say that moving is always great because it forces you to go through your possessions and evaluate whether you really need them or not. It certainly has been an eye opening experience for us! We have gotten rid of so many old things that we don’t need anymore!
Whether you are moving or spring cleaning it feels good to get rid of all that extra stuff. It somehow makes your life feel a little lighter. If that feels good, imagine what it will feel like to cleanse your heart of things that don’t belong there. We often hold on to things because we think we need to. It is easy to hold on to grudges and grievances as well. The logic of holding onto these grudges may not always be there, but our sinful nature is. It helps us hold onto hatred and doesn’t let go or forgive. Cleansing our hearts of that is not only helpful to our well being but also what God wants us to do.
Forgiveness can be very hard. However, the feeling of being free of guilt and grudges is completely worth it. God says in Colossians 3:13,“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” It will feel as though a large weight has been lifted. You will be at peace with that person and at peace with God. Grudges are like bags of garbage sitting in your home. No one wants to live surrounded by bags of garbage that could easily be taken out to the curb. Likewise, don’t let your heart be filled with garbage.
Dear God, Give the strength and guidance to forgive others that have wronged us. Help us to keep our hearts and minds clean of sin and to look to you for daily forgiveness. You are our peace and comfort. Amen.