Soul Detox

For my quiet times I have been using a devotional entitled “Soul Detox”. The logic behind was that I found my soul to be in great need of rehabilitation and healing from the toxins that was gradually draining the life of the inner man.  I had veered of track and read the passages presented in the text each day NOT under the light of theme of the devotional – “soul detox” but rather with the intention of hastily trying to put in my own words what I thought the verse meant. Whether this was a mistake or not proved to be irrelevant, for I still derived great benefit just from reading the scriptures.  For the remainder of the devotional, I will try my best to keep in mind the overarching theme, and to read the scriptures in light of that theme (soul detox). The passages thus presented today are 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 7:1, John 15:1-17. In 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 we are told that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lamp. In Corinthians 7:1 we are instructed to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit”. The passage in John 15 can be summed up as Christ’s command to us to abide in Him, and to allow Him to abide in us. Every sinful act is ingesting poison into one’s soul. Timothy Keller once said something to the effect of “sin is not just bad because it is wrong, it is stupid.” “Sin is self-suicide”. It is the gradual weakening, and eventually death of the person in us. When you fornicate and keep fornicating, you kill that part of you that takes pleasure in the act. For example, the consumption of alcohol to an alcoholic gradually results in a lack of pleasure in the drinking, but rather becomes an activity of relief from the pain of being sober. We must allow ourselves, our true selves, every opportunity to grow as healthy as it possibly can. We must not hinder its health with sinful acts. Just as we are advised to watch our eating habits, we must pay diligent attention to what our souls digest. May we abstain from the pleasures of sin, or else suffer the consequences of losing the pleasure altogether!

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