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Do an honest spring cleaning for the soul

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KEEPING THE FAITH

By The Staff

By CHAPLAIN (MAJ.)

JEFFREY BROOKS

Chaplaincy Resource Manager

I wonder if there is anyone besides me who has ever walked around the house and realized that there is a lot of stuff that you need to get rid of?

There are some things that the Bible challenges us to get rid of in the book of First Peter. Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:1-3, New International Version).

Get rid of malice, those deep-seated feelings like hatred, or that long-lasting bitterness. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other…” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

Get rid of deceit. This is talking about deceiving or misleading people. It is talking about lying.

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech” (1 Peter 3:10).

The antidote to deceit is honesty. Thomas Jefferson said, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Get rid of hypocrisy. The direct opposite of hypocrisy is sincerity or genuineness. It is acting one way in church and being a whole different person the reset of the time. I like something that John Tillotson said. “Sincerity is to speak as we think, to do as we profess, to perform what we promise, and to really be what we would seem and appear to be.”

Get rid of envy. Get rid of resentment, heartburn, and spite. King David said, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverb 14:30).

Get rid of slander. Other words for slander would be things like being critical, judgmental, or backbiting, and gossiping. This is seen when a person talks about another person in a way that cuts and hurts or that lowers a person’s image and reputation in the eyes of other people.

I was challenged by something that Charles M. Schwab said, “I have yet to find the person who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a sprit of criticism.”