“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV
One of my favorite yearly events in any youth group is "Messy Night." The evening consists of shaving cream, silly string, eggs, spaghetti, jell-o, and any other sort of gross thing that can be washed off before the next morning.
In America we are a bit obsessed with cleanliness. We have anti-bacterial everything and have more choices in the cleaning and soap aisle than people do for food in other countries.
We are so over-the-top, in fact, that the smallest bit of dirt can drive a mom insane with the possibility of germs.
But we are not so obsessed when it comes to perfecting holiness. We know that it is wrong to sin. We try to avoid sin. We even condemn other people's sin. But we rarely take the time to wash off the gunk and and move toward something better.
Practicing love and service do more for cleansing than a prayer of forgiveness on its own.
So as we purposefully got messy, we also cleaned ourselves off and started off the school year with a brand new attitude. Moving onto perfecting holiness. Its a great attitude to have.
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