“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)
It creeps up on us, a little at a time, almost unnoticeably, until one day we realize it’s taking over. I’m not talking about old age, although that creeps up on us too. No, this problem affects almost all of us—it’s clutter and it’s insidious. Just as work seems to fill the time allotted, clutter fills any available space. Where does it all come from?
Physical clutter can be compared to mental, emotional and spiritual clutter, and like my closets and cupboards, a lot of stuff is hiding in the background—habits, attitudes and behaviours I’ve become blind to, ignored or just plain given up on. We become comfortable with our clutter.
Paul warned us about spiritual clutter, and in Ephesians 4:31, he tells us to clean out our closets: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” James tells us to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world (James 1:27). Just as clutter creeps into our houses and steals our space, sin and its baggage steals our joy and keeps us from truly enjoying God’s grace. It bogs us down with guilt and regret.
The best way to prevent clutter in our homes is to stop it at the door. Don’t buy that little thing you only think you need, give away extra stuff and take care of papers immediately. The best way to prevent spiritual and emotional clutter is the same—don’t let it in the door. Some gets in anyway and that’s when it’s time to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Hebrews 12:1).
Dear God, you know we can’t do this ourselves, so please help us to get rid of all the spiritual clutter in our lives, and to keep it out by guarding the door, as we read in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Study by Tammy Tkach
About the Author:
Tammy Tkach is the wife of Grace Communion President, Joseph Tkach, and resides in California, USA. Tammy is GCI Women’s Ministry Support Co-Ordinator and editor of Connections, an ezine for women in ministry.
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