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The Clean Heart Principle

Updated on June 26, 2014
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What is a Clean Heart Anyway?

Just what is a clean heart? Is it a heart one that never makes a mistake? Is it a heart one that never disobeys? Is a clean heart one that doesn't compromise? Or is it one that makes everyone happy?

A clean heart can't be one that never makes a mistake because all humans make mistakes. A clean heart can't be one that never disobeys because all humans will disobey. A clean heart may have something to do with not compromising, but everyone yields to the temptation to be lax in an area or two. [Are you always doing the right thing?) And, a clean heart certainly cannot be one that seeks to make everyone happy.

So, just what is a clean heart?

A clean heart is a heart that is pliable in the hands of God. A clean heart is one that is honest about itself. A clean heart is a heart that knows what is right and works to do what is right at every opportunity. A clean heart knows that it doesn't take much for it to get dirty. A clean heart knows that it needs help because it is subject to think evil, plan evil and ultimately do evil.

A clean heart is a heart that desires to yield to the ways of God.

Clean Heart Principle #1

The Content of Your Heart Guides Your Life

Proverbs 4:23 in the King James version of the Bible says that we are to,
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life".

The New King James version says it like this,
"Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

And, to make it even simpler, the New Living Translation says it like this,
"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

From this Bible verse we can see that our current emotional condition, our current state of mind and our current financial condition is a direct result of what is living within our hearts. Ouch! That stings, but, according to the Word of God, it is the truth.

Just pause and think about that for a minute.....Everything you have been complaining about, every mental and emotional condition of your life, is a result of both the exposed and hidden things that are in your heart.

What about what THEY did to me?

What do we do when others inflict wounds upon you? What do you do with events that you simply cannot control? There is no way you aren't going to feel it if someone hits you in the head with a hammer. You will feel it and scream if it doesn't knock you out first.

But, what will you do after you recover? What will you do to the person who hit you? You are going to be hurt when you have been hurt, you are going to want to retaliate in kind to whatever affliction or attack has touched you. This is normal, natural, human, and a mud bath for your heart.

Our responses to suffered wrongs reflect what is in our heart. And, is the key to our freedom or bondage. This is where the clean heart principle comes into play

It is not external circumstances that determine your condition, it is your response to those circumstances that create the world you live in. (We could all do with a little bleach in our heart bath water).

Clean Heart Principle #2

Your Words Reveal What is in Your Heart

Jesus said it like this,

"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Matt 15:17-20

If you notice, the first thing Jesus mentioned is, "evil thoughts". I am glad Jesus said this first because it includes every person. Had He not mentioned "evil thoughts" many people would have felt exempt from this verse. But absolutely everyone has "evil thoughts".

Evil thoughts are thoughts of vengeance, anger, jealousy, envy as well as thoughts of retaliation. Evil thoughts are the root of every type of defilement. Every action is the result of some thought... even the ones you say "you never thought about performing).

The bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things and that it is desperately wicked, that no man can know it..... Jeremiah 17:9 So, that means that we have to be open and honest with ourselves about ourselves..... about everything!

The Clean Heart Principle #3

Pride is LIke Mud to The Heart

A few success here and there can really go to a persons head. They can make you feel more important than you actually are and cause you to lose your perspective. Pride easy to fall in to and difficult to get rid of.

The reason it is hard to get rid of is because it deceives. Pride convinces you that you are right in your actions and in your thoughts. Pride keeps you from seeing clearly and acting correctly. Pride is detrimental to the cleanliness of your heart.

Damaging and dangerous, pride must be stopped at the first sign of its presence, and, we should daily ask the Lord as David did,

"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting: Psalms 139:23-24.

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The Clean-Up Is Up to Us!

Remember when you were little... you never wanted to take a bath just to take a bath. You wanted to get in that water and play, not bathe. Well, for some of us, we just want to play. We want a clean heart when it is convenient for us and when we think we can get something from God. But, be not deceived, God is not mocked!!!

He looks behind our ears and sees the dirt accumulated from the things that we hear. He checks our fingernails for the crude collected from the things we have put our hands to. He smells our breath searching for the rancor left behind from the things that we have said... All of these things leave track and skid marks on our heart, hindering us from walking in this life as we should. .

But, God is good and He is an ever present help in the time of need. He doesn't just leave us dirty, He graciously tells us what He has found and gives the tools and the opportunity to clean it up.

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    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks no body for your comment, vote and description... I am so thankful that the Lord is good and that He will never leave us or forsake us.... Thank God for God!

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      Robert E Smith 

      3 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I loved this article. The heart of a man is where the motives of his actions lie. "Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart." God looks in a man's heart and determines first whether there is life or not. The Holy Spirit makes the heart His temple or home. When a man is born again the Holy Spirit takes up residence there. But that is only a start for the man. Next it is up to the man to listen to the "soft still voice" of the Holy Spirit speaking to his heart. God will begin to change the man's motivations, his reasoning, his intentions. The battle with his flesh begins. The flesh pulls one way, the Spirit another way. "What a wretched man I am!" Paul said. But God will keep it up to help His children grow into the likeness of the Son. I voted up and awesome! Bob.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Thank God for the Blood! None of us are perfect and that precious blood covers those imperfections in the eyes of God. And, then, the Holy Spirit works in us until we eventually "see" our error and repent. Just as Nathan was sent to David so that David could see his error and repent, as Psalms 51:10 so beautifully describes.

      God IS good. I appreciate your comment and thank you for taking the time to do so. God bless you....

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      "A clean heart is a heart that desires to yield to the ways of God." I think that hits the nail right on the head. That's what it takes to have and to keep a clean heart. I really like David's prayer for a clean heart in Psalms 51:10. He prayed that after being called out for adultery and murder. But he knew that even then God could change his heart. And that's what the blood of Jesus has made available to us today.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Billybuc.... I appreciate your comment and absolutely love your informative Hubs.... God Bless You!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that is certainly something to strive for, isn't it? Peace be with you my friend.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      God Bless you Faith Reaper..... Thanks for your comment, vote and your good advice.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Important message for all here. I pray each day for myself Psalm 51:10-13 ... "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me ...

      We must guard our hearts! Thank you for this hub of His truths.

      God bless you.

      Voted up ++++ and away

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      I thank God for His mercy which will reveal our shortcomings in the timing which will help us repent... Thank you for your comment... God Bless You.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Interesting and thought-provoking, some people believe that simply going to church every Sunday will suffice. Great message.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      I appreciate your comment teaches12345... God Bless You!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Your post reminds me honesty is so important in keeping a good relationship with God. A clean heart makes for a peaceful spirit. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Torrs13..... I do appreciate your comment and of course agree totally with you....

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      Tori Canonge 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great message! I think that we should constantly be examining our hearts to see if we are consuming to much dirt. That dirt leads to heartache, depression, anger, and so much more.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      God Bless you MsDora... We all need to examine ourselves daily.... thanks for the comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your article raises a lot of personal questions for reflection, and the words of the prayer song comes to mind: "Please—give me, Lord, a clean heart that I may follow Thee." Thank you for the message.

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