This morning I recalled 2 Corinthians 7:1 where Paul writes this: “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

When I don’t feel well or if I feel overwhelmed or even off-center, I always remember this idea of decontaminating. Perhaps I’ve let in a contaminating presence. Perhaps I’m experiencing a call to decontaminate. What a sensitively calibrated thing our spirits are!

We often forget categories of what we can decontaminate. It’s not just physical space; we can purify and decontaminate our minds, our bodies, our habits, and even our conversations. We can replace the unhealthy with the healthy. We can think about nourishing food, thoughts, behaviors, and words. What if we asked God for the discernment to identify any poisoning or polluting things in our lives? I want to learn more and more to “sow to please the Spirit” and not the flesh. What a powerful concept here in Galatians 6:8 that “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

I don’t want destruction. I want life. 

I ask God what I can purify in my body and spirit today. I ask how I can sow to please the Spirit and purify my life for Him.

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