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There is a famous saying that you are probably familiar with:
Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
While this saying didn’t originate in the Bible, it has been used by Christian theologians over the years, including this sermon from John Wesley, to discuss the spiritual benefits of cleanliness.
So, consider your home. If you can take steps to keep a clean and tidy home, you might experience the spiritual benefits we will discuss in this article.
#1: You will have a positive mindset
When we have a positive mindset, we can appreciate the world around us, have greater scope for kindness to friends and strangers, the ability to forgive others, and we can feel better about ourselves.
But if our home is untidy, we might not experience this mindset, and so the way we live and think might be negatively affected as a consequence.
So, do what you can to clean your home. Make every effort to declutter each room in your house. And then benefit from the tidy mindset that can be experienced when you have a tidy home, as every facet of your daily life might then be improved.
#2: You will have space for quiet reflection
Many of us retreat to our bedrooms for quiet reflection or other areas of our homes where privacy can be allowed. We then read spiritual books for guidance, open the pages of our Bibles, and communicate with God through prayer and song.
But if the room we are communing with God in is untidy, we might become distracted by the mess that is around us, and fail to spend our reflection time in a meaningful way.
So, concentrate on your reflection space. Have a good tidy up before you start to pray. And especially if you’re using your bedroom, find ways to add more storage to keep on top of your clutter. Read this article on How Expensive Are Custom Closets, for example, and purchase something to suit your budget. Then purchase baskets for your laundry and other storage items for the clutter in your room. You will then have less to distract you, and more scope for prayerful reflection.
#3: You will be able to invite others to your home
If your home is untidy, you are probably resistant to the pastor popping over for a cup of tea and a prayer. You might be unwilling to hold the weekly Bible study in your home too, and less likely to open your home to others in need of respite, social company, and spiritual guidance from yourself. This is a shame, as your home can be used in all kinds of ways to serve the Lord, and both you and others will miss out on the many blessings that could arise from within your home confines.
So, get into good cleaning habits, as you will then have a home that you will be proud to use. You will then be more inclined to welcome others in, and you and they will benefit from the time shared in God’s presence.
So, take time out today to manage your home. If it’s not as clean and tidy as it could be, do what needs to be done to turn things around. You should then experience the benefits we have discussed here, and they will do much to improve your day and your relationship with God.