Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Spiritual House Cleaning

There is an interesting parable in the New Testament that I love. It goes like this: “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith,I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation” (Matt 12:43-45).

What this parable is teaching us is that when we cast away a bad habit or repent of a sin, it is like “cleaning out the house.” But there is a danger here that we need to beware of. The old habit or sin is comfortable in the old place and will want to return. If it comes back and finds the place empty, swept out, it will move right back in to the empty spot.

What this means it that It isn’t enough to cast away the bad. We also need to fill the “house” with something good so that when the castaway sin or habit desires to return there is no room for it.


Wendi said...

This is something I've been trying to work on for the last couple of years--replacing the bad with the good. Thanks for posting this. :)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, Since you've been working on it, if you have any tips for the rest of us, let us know.

Wendi said...

Here's a post I wrote about this very subject on my Book of Mormon blog:


Connie said...

Can I be like you when I grow Up?
I love your thoughts and your expression of those thoughts.

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Connie, And I love your zest for life! I think we have a mutual admiration society going! You are so sweet. Thank you.