"Create in me a clean heart"

The Bible contains many beautiful passages picturing the penitent heart, the Psalms being especially rich in them. Thus we read: "Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin;" "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me;" "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit" (Psalms 51:2, 10, 12). In the New Testament, also, similar passages are to be found telling of the assurance of the repentant one of God's faithfulness and power to save and bless. In the first epistle of John (1:9), for example, it is written, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

There has always been the longing by human beings for freedom from sin—from carnality, from the blighting influence of materiality. For sin in all its phases is the product of material sense, that false sense which would usurp the place of spiritual sense and destroy harmony and happiness. There has always been rebellion against evil, that which appears to dispute the reign of good in human consciousness. How often have mortals struggled against it, frequently appearing to go down before it in ignominious defeat! But again, how often have they struggled bravely against evil, and by the very struggle found themselves more firmly determined than ever to resist and master it!

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September 2, 1939
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