My last post was meant to be a little humorous including styrofoam burger boxes and hoarding. Some people have asked me about cleaning our spiritual house and maturing into a glorified body in Christ.
We all fall short of the glory that is God in Christ. By this I mean:
– We have sinned. Sometimes we have said and done things that have directly or indirectly caused pain to ourselves and the community at large.
– Other people have sinned against us. Other people, even the people we love, have sometimes caused us pain.
– Some of us have lied. Some of us have stolen. Some of us have done even worse. We have all stood guilty in the eyes of each other and the eyes of God
All of these transgressions have caused our ‘houses,’ or our bodies, to be filled with unwanted thoughts, leading to unwanted words and actions. Yet, we all have reason to hope. That glorified body is within our reach.
Supplanting the sin with the Spirit of Christ is the answer. God, and our fellow people, have given us many avenues to cleanse our hearts and minds.
– We can go to confession, or we can talk to a person of the clergy. Then we can go home and do the mental work necessary to forgive ourselves and repent.
– We can talk to a trusted friend. In turn, we may help our friend overcome their pain at the same time. It may, and probably should, be mutual.
– We can seek out professional help, a licensed therapist, to guide us in our mental work, to help cleanse our soul of past pain, and lead us to a brighter future. There is absolutely no shame in it.
– We can pray with sincerity and direction for God to lead us to a more comfortable life with less pain. It is possible.
Then, as we “clean house,” we can invite the Spirit of our Lord to dwell with us and guide us as we attain our new, and improved, bodies, glorified to Christ through the Holy Spirit. There is no hocus pocus here, just a realization that our help is in the name of the Lord.
I would invite anyone who disputes the above advice to start a conversation. We are all waiting to hear your plan. Have faith.