Monday, May 19, 2014

Pastor's Ponderings, May 19, 2014

Spring Cleaning Time!

There is always something refreshing about spring-cleaning. We rake our lawns, clean out our basement, remove cobwebs and empty our garages. We also discover things that we have misplaced during the winter and discard items that are no longer important to us.

This is also a good time for evaluating our relationship with God and other people.  This is a time to look into the word of God so that we can be more like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18).  We do not want to be like people who see junk, soiled items, and non-working things in their lives and do nothing about them (James 1:22-24).

While you are busy spring-cleaning your natural homes, please do not forget your spiritual homes.  God is coming back for a church without a spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27).  It is time to evaluate whether we have wrong relationships, things in our lives we have swept under the rug and refused to discard, or indulgences we know we should give up.

The change in season prompts us to clean house in our lives and put on those things that please God (Romans 13:12).  The book of Ephesians says that we should put on the new self by adding such characteristics as kindness, compassion, and forgiveness (Ephesians 4:24, 32).

Let us start this season without the weights of our past and with a determination that our relationship with God is of utmost importance!

Please comment below with any spring-cleaning tips.

2 Corinthians 3:18
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18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

James 1:22-24
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22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror
24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

Ephesians 5:27
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27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Romans 13:12
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12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 4:24, 32
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24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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