Principle #3: It is easier to keep the heart clean than it is to clean it after it has been defiled.
For those who attend Reformer’s Unanimous, you know that the example Steve Curington gives us is a perfect picture of this principle:
The Lord will forgive us of every sin when we turn it over to him. Psalm 103 says He forgets it as far as the east is from the west. Nevertheless, even when we come back to the Lord from our sins, we often have many messes to clean up. Getting right does not mean that all consequences are erased. It doesn’t mean that we won’t have an hour of scrubbing the stove to do. If we never make the mess in the first place, however, we have no need to do any cleaning.
We will never be mess free, but we can learn to make less and less messes by staying in God’s Word, fellowshipping with God’s people, spending ample time on bended knee, and adhering to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Remember, if you do what you’ve always done, then you will be what you’ve always been . . . if you keep an open heart to changing and growing in the Lord, you will evolve into a Christ-like being!