Cleansing and detoxing through diets are all the rage right now. When I did a Google search of “Cleansing” and “Detox,” million of results showed up. The amount of data overwhelmed me as I tried to sort out the information.
We cleanse or detox to rid our bodies of harmful toxins, at least according to the ads I read. “Do you consume too much sugar in your diet?” ask one internet source. “For a small fee of $19.99, we will provide you the perfect diet to rid your body of that excess sugar.” Sometimes, it seems, we want a quick fix to the problem, so we don’t have to change our way of eating. Doing a cleanse appears easier than giving up eating the sugar in the first place.
Jeremiah 4:14 (NLT) O Jerusalem, cleanse your heart that you may be saved. How long will you harbor your evil thoughts?
What about the toxins in our souls? Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet, warned the people of Jerusalem of their need to do a cleanse. In Jeremiah 4:14 we read, “O Jerusalem, cleanse your heart that you may be saved. How long will you harbor your evil thoughts?” Our thoughts, instead of our diet, are how toxins enter our hearts and pollute our bodies. We need a cleanse for our souls.
Psalm 51:2 (NIV) Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
What are some ways we can detox our Christian hearts?
- Prayer – asking God to show us areas that need cleansing
- Read the Bible – search the scriptures for examples of ways others improved the condition of their hearts
- Surround ourselves with Christians who encourage us and help us
- Journal the ways God is moving in our detox
These are just a few examples to start us on a path to rehabbing our lives. I pray we find time this Easter season to make some changes.
Yvonne – blogger, speaker and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”