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April 4, 2018

Have you been to the dentist lately?  Did you have a conversation about tooth decay?  Well, you’re going to love this post, because I’m going to talk to you about it again.  Now, you need to know I’m not a dentist.  However, I see something I think is important.

Any time I’ve had a cavity, it’s because I didn’t keep that tooth clean.  You see, food sits on our teeth after we eat.  If it isn’t cleaned off, it can cause damage our chompers.  So, it’s simple that we need to brush every day.  You’re probably thinking, “Yes, I know that.  What’s your point?”  Just keep reading.

In our spiritual lives, we are exposed to junk either of our own choosing, or something we’ve stumbled on.  It’s like the physical food we chew on.  When we have seen it or thought about it, it’s like chewing on physical food.  We need to clean our spiritual teeth to get off anything that might cause decay.

“Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things.” – Philippians 4:8, New International Reader’s Version

If we have “stuff” on our teeth that needs to be cleaned off, it’s the same as when we first came to Jesus.  We need to tell Him what we did.  He already knows all about it, but it’s good for us to confess what happened plus hear ourselves say it.  This could be compared to flossing.  It brings what was previously hidden out into the open.

Next, ask Jesus to forgive you.  When you ask it and really mean it, He immediately forgives you.  Think of it as brushing the teeth.  No, it’s so much better than that.  It’s even better than going to the dental hygienist and having an expert thoroughly clean your teeth.  When God wipes away the things we never should have done, it’s like having our teeth cleaned with a supersonic cleaner that leaves no food residue.  All we have to do is ask for forgiveness and mean it.  Before we’re even done asking for forgiveness, He has forgiven us.

When was the last time you had a visit to The Dentist for a spiritual cleaning?

 

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2 Comments
  1. Jan Chris Pennekamp permalink

    Thank you for the explanation. Well said!

  2. Thank you!

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