Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
I’ve done it again. I’ve really blown it this time. I made a big mistake. I’ve made a really bad choice. Do you mean to say that you sinned? Yes, I do. Who have you sinned against? I’ve sinned against you and another person. It’s good that you are confessing this to me. There is no sense in trying to cover it up. You can’t hide it from me. I saw you do it in the first place. I tried to prompt you and show you a way of escape so that you would not sin. But, you would not listen. You let yourself be enticed. Did you not see the way of escape that was there for you to take? Yes, I guess I did. But, you didn’t want to take it, did you? No, I didn’t. Why is that? I got so wrapped up in the heat of the moment that I felt powerless to take the way of escape and do the right thing. You played around with this sin in your mind and once you did that the way of escape closed. Do you really want to do the right thing and not sin against me and other people? Yes, desperately so. How desperately are you willing to stop playing around with sin in your heart and mind? I am very willing. I want you to create in me a pure heart so that I will have clean thoughts and right desires. Are you asking me to forgive and cleanse you? Yes, I am. You will have to make things right with the person you have sinned against. I know, I will. Good, your sins are forgiven. My son has already taken care of that for you on the cross. He has already secured your forgiveness and cleansing. I know, I am so thankful. How thankful? Are you willing to take steps to turn away from sin when it attempts to entice you again? Yes, I am. Do you have something specific in mind? Yes, I do.
You have asked for a clean heart and a pure mind, haven’t you? Yes, I have. How do you think that will happen? I don’t know. That seems obvious to me. Do you realize that every day you are presented with a choice of what you will feed your heart and mind? How is that? Everything you hear or see enters your heart and mind. What you allow entrance will either help or harm you. Is there anything that you are watching or listening to that you think might displease me? Yes, there is. Are you willing to remove those from your hearing and sight? Yes, I am. Good, but that’s only half of the equation. What else is there? You will need to feed on my word. Why is that? As you feast on my word, I will change your heart and mind with it. Where do you suggest I begin? Begin meditating on and memorizing my word that speaks directly to where you are weak and most likely to be tempted. Will that help? Yes, the Holy Spirit will take my word that you have hidden in your heart and use it to help you to stand against attacks of temptation and evil. Are you ready to begin? Yes, I am.
Father, thank you that my forgiveness and cleansing was secured on the cross, by your son Jesus Christ. Help me now to turn away from sin. Create in me a clean heart and mind as I feast on your word. Amen
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