2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
This morning’s reading reminds me of the importance of examining and cleansing both our flesh and our spirit. It’s so easy for the world, the flesh, and the devil, and the “dirtiness” that comes with them, to creep into our lives. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been saved or serving – I need that cleansing.
I may not be around the world as much, or in a “dirty environment”. But I am flesh, and by the very nature of flesh, I need examination and cleansing. In my context, the majority of my work day is behind a computer screen, and/or teaching. These are not very dirty jobs. In fact, I could go an entire work day without seeing dirt. But one thing is certain – at the end of the day, I need a shower! Likewise, living in this “flesh”, daily, let us “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness”, both of the flesh (outwardly), and the spirit (our inward man).
Of course, as Paul reminds us at the end of the verse, this stems from a holy fear of the Lord! No matter where we are in our walk with the Lord, might we examine myself daily, and make sure that there is nothing in my life between me and my Lord.