Sin Isn’t A Mess You Can Clean Up On Your Own

Posted by Melissa

Clean sheets. Clean clothes. A clean room. What do those three things have in common?

Clean sheets are comforting and refreshing after a long day. Clean clothes feel good, especially if you’ve been dirty and sweaty. A clean room is just peaceful. So what about a clean heart? What does that feel like? What does it even mean? And why is it important?

Read Psalm 51:10-13. Memorize verse 10.

What does David ask God to do?

What is a “clean heart” and a “steadfast spirit”?

Would you describe yourself as having either? Why or why not?

Why is it important that David came to God and sought His forgiveness?

Do you need God to create a clean heart in you? Why or why not?

David had come to the point where he knew he couldn’t live with his sin anymore. He couldn’t control it; it was overwhelming his life. And he realized that he couldn’t clean up his sin-wrecked life or his heart on his own. So he came to God, asking Him to forgive and renew him.

We spend a lot of time trying to forget, hide, or overlook our sin. When we do recognize it, some of us like to try to clean the mess up ourselves. The problem is, we can’t. Only God can renew us; only He can create clean hearts that are focused on Him and His work. Stop trying to clean up the mess sin has made of your life. Give it all to God; He wants to make you new. And He’s the only One who can.

God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. —Psalm 51:10

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