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Bible Verses aboutCleaning Up Your Life

What does the Bible say about Cleanliness? Discover the top Bible verses about Cleanliness from the Old and New Testaments. Read through the biblical references of Cleanliness to learn more about its meaning and significance. May you find some insight from these related scripture quotes!

Cleaning up your life is a process. It’s not something that happens overnight, and it’s not something that can be done by just anyone. You need to take control of your life, and you need to be able to make decisions for yourself.

The best way to do that? Start with the Bible. The Bible has all kinds of verses about cleaning up your life, and they’ll help you get started on the right path.

In this article, we’ll talk about some of those verses. We’ll look at some of the different ways that cleaning up your life can impact your health and well-being, as well as how it can change your relationships with people around you.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to clean up your life, look no further than the Bible. In fact, if you’ve been feeling like you need to clean up your act, there’s probably a verse or two in this list that will resonate with you:

  1. “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:12)
  2. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)
  3. “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  4. “Put off your old self… and put on the new self…” (Ephesians 4:22-24)
  5. “Cleanse yourselves from every stain of sin and become blameless before God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1)

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1 John 1:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 35 helpful votes 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:21 ESV / 23 helpful votes 

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

John 3:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Peter 2:24 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

John 15:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.

John 5:24 ESV / 12 helpful votes 

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Luke 21:36 ESV / 11 helpful votes 

But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Romans 12:2 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

John 14:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jeremiah 1:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 9 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Bible Verses aboutClean Food


Romans 14:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes 

I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.

Acts 10:1-48 ESV / 16 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. …

Leviticus 11:1-47 ESV / 15 helpful votes 

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. …

Deuteronomy 14:1-29 ESV / 13 helpful votes 

“You are the sons of the Lord your God. You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “You shall not eat any abomination. These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep. …

cleaning up your spiritual house

Those of you who know the story of my 2019 know that my mother passed away in June at the ripe old age of 102. This was not a surprise. We knew it would happen and it seemed she was living on borrowed time for a decade or so.

Now one would suppose that at a certain point we recognize that we will not live forever, and start to go through our stuff, organize it, and get rid of most of it. Not my mother! While she would periodically fret that she had “so much stuff” she never really did anything about it. But she was not a hoarder!

However, she had a lot of hobbies and indulged herself in getting supplies for all of these hobbies. And since she was not that organized, she had multiples of just about everything. And she loved books. 65 boxes worth.

I should be grateful that she was so happy pursuing all of these hobbies. So happy that she didn’t take time away from her interests to clean up her mess. She also was the family historian for a very large family, so she had all the letters and photos that go back centuries and there are boxes and boxes of those.

So when I finally felt well enough to tackle cleaning her stuff out beginning in August, little did I know what hard work it would be, yet how much I would learn about my Mother. And I have also learned some valuable lessons that I think apply to our spiritual lives as well.

We hardly ever give thought to our spiritual growth as a cleaning out process, but we have to put off the old habits and ways of thinking in order to make room and remove the blockages that keep us from growing in the Lord.

Ephesians 4:20b-22 says it well: put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Do you know that we all have to do this? It’s not instant when we get saved. Most of us will continue to find old stuff from the old self that we need to put off throughout our lives.

But without doing this, we cannot hope to grow without being hampered. Just as in my mother’s kitchen, there was not room for one more appliance, or food item, I had to get rid of things before it would be possible put something else in.

Where to begin?

Ask God to clean your heart

A very good place to start in our spiritual house cleaning is to ask God to cleanse our heart. We can clean our physical bodies, but we need God to cleanse and forgive us on the inside.

Our hearts become so hardened when we allow sin to build up inside us, maybe we can’t even recognize it. Just as my Mom couldn’t really see all the built up stuff she had clearly, I needed to come along from outside and take the initiative to clean it out.

In the same way, once we confess, God cleanses us of our sins. David prayed in Ps 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God,  and renew a right spirit within me.”

He knew he had sinned and he needed God to do his miraculous work of forgiveness and restoration. He couldn’t do it on his own.

Clean out your mouth

One of the next things that we need to clean out is our mouth. Well this is not exactly what you think I just said. This is not just about swearing and cussing, if you do those things. Of course it is good to clean up your language if you need to. This is more about how your words bring glory to God.

You see, we can be very unreflective of God’s glory in the way we speak.

When we fill our talk with worry, or complaining we are sharing with the world that we doubt that God will come through.

When we fail to share our faith we rob the rest of the world of seeing God glorified in our lives. In cleaning out my mother’s house, I was surprised to find that she had more Bible commentaries than I have! Who knew? She never talked about it.

I learned that she had completed a detailed study of every book of the Bible through a program in her church. She had saved not only the workbooks, but also the commentaries from each of these studies.  But I never realized that this was what she was doing because we never talked about it.

So when God is doing something in your life, when you are studying His word and discover something new and exciting, be sure to share that with others. Tell your “Yes God!” stories to those around you. Give glory to God.

That is what we mean when we say “clean out your mouth.”

Luke 6:45 tells us: The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Once God has cleaned your heart, let the good treasure he produces in your heart be abundant and flow out of your mouth.

Repent from hidden sin

The next area we need to clean is repenting of hidden sin. Our sins seem to fall into two categories: Hidden and not hidden.

We all have sins that are more easily seen by the outside world. Perhaps we have a quick temper and take it out on others. Perhaps we are messy not good stewards of our possessions. These are things that the world can easily see.

But there are attitudes of the heart that we think that no one else can see that are equally sinful. But we think they are hidden and no one else knows. Things like jealousy, greed and pride.

As I was cleaning Mom’s house, I learned that one of her less admirable traits was that she saved every card or letter that was ever sent to her including the envelope. These eventually were put into red Piggly Wiggly grocery bags and put somewhere out of sight. I am not sure that she ever looked at them again.

One day, when I ran across the sixth grocery sack full of letters, I said “Oh Mom!” But that was before I discovered the boxes in the basement. Those had some letters to my mother, but also letters to my father, various aunts and uncles, my great aunt, my great-great grandmother, and so on.

Apparently it was a generational curse to not get rid of letters, ‘cause I am still going through them. Aside from the fact that these have some very interesting family history in them, my point is that they got hidden. No one else knew they were there.

We think that way about our hidden sins don’t we? We stuff them in the red grocery sack from the Pig and put them somewhere we think people won’t see them.

The problem with this is that eventually we have to deal with them. Our sins are more problematic than a bunch of old letters. Our sins start to fester and stink. If we don’t confess and get them out in the open before God, out of the red Pig bag, they are going to continue to rot and cause us problems.

But God remains at ready to forgive us our sins if we will just confess. The psalmist knew this when he said in Psalm 32:3-5:

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. 

Our unconfessed and unforgiven secret sins are going to weigh us down heavily until we let the Lord forgive us.

Give it up.

Get them out of the hidden place into to the Lord’s forgiving hands.

Renew our minds and get rid of old baggage

Next we need to renew our minds and get rid of old baggage (unforgiveness and bitterness). Why do we hold onto old stuff? My mother’s house is a study in this. Again, she was not a hoarder. She just had a lot of stuff. Stuff that was not useful, and not organized.

Being a product of the Depression, she saved a lot of stuff in case spare parts were needed. She had some good stuff and some utterly useless stuff.

The greatest treasure I found was my father’s filing system. He died in 1979. He had been using old fashioned milk cans to store his important receipts and papers. When you think of it, it was a perfect low cost storage solution. The cans are metal and sealed tight.

He would group together receipts and papers for a year, tie them together with a shoe string, and put them in an old milk can. When it was full, he would wire the lid on. Voila, better than a metal file box, if that’s what you have available.

The first can I opened had papers at the top from 1955, and in the bottom there were tax forms from 1942. Anyway, while this stuff has historical interest from our family, it is not particularly useful. For the historians amongst us, yes, I did save some of this, but I was selective.

But we need to recognize a principle here. We do not need to keep everything. We need to get rid of old baggage. We need to be selective in what we keep. We need to hold on to the good, uplifting, and Godly memories.

We need to rid ourselves of the useless things and those that are positively damaging to us. We need to be on the alert for old unforgiveness and bitterness when they rear their ugly heads. We need to get honest, admit it is there, and work to get rid of it.

Ephesians 4: 31-32 tells us Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Put it away. Get it out of your life.

We have taken out countless bags of trash, recycling, stuff for Goodwill, and three garbage bags for shredding from Mom’s house.

So far.

The story continues. Lighten your load. Get rid of your old baggage. If you have trouble doing this, come see Pastor Nate or me. We can help you!!

The final step in that process is to replace the old baggage with renewing your mind. How do you do that? By reading God’s Word, by being in a Bible study, but sharing God’s Yes stories with each other. After you take out the trash, be sure to fill your spirit with good Godly stuff!

Use your gifts

My final observation from my mother’s house is that we should use our gifts. Sadly, in the recesses of her basement, I came upon a gift box with card, tissue paper, and gift still intact for “baby.” I think it must have been from when my oldest sister was born in 1941.

But it was never used. Still in the box. What a pity! There were a few other gifts that I ran across that had never been used. Opened and treasured, but never used.

Likewise, I ran across her storehouse of Christmas gifts she had purchased to give to us, but never gotten around to giving away.

Finding these gems has increased my resolve to use those fine items that people have blessed me with as gifts. I want to use them, enjoy them, and honor the person who chose to bless me with a gift. If I do not use them, then someday somebody else will be putting them out for our church rummage sale or sending them to Good Will.

So use and enjoy those tatted pillowcases, and use the fine china NOW!

But there is an important spiritual application here too. When God gives us a gift he expects us to use it, not leave it in the box. He gives us gifts for the good of the church body to build each other up. When we fail to use these gifts, we deprive the church body of gifts that will benefit us as a church family.

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:7  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. This manifestation of the Spirit is the gifting that he places in each of us. And the reason He gives it to us is for the good of others.

So if we hoard it, like those gifts that my Mom had, we are not using it for its intended purpose. So, use the gifts that God places in you. Don’t leave them in the box. Get them out, try them on, and learn how to use them and God will bless us through you.

Now, in sharing these stories with you, I mean no disrespect to my Mother. I love her and think she might have appreciated the lessons God has shown through cleaning her house out.

But how’s YOUR spiritual house. Is it clean or cluttered? Do you need to do some house cleaning?

Even though it may be a daunting task, take courage. Get started. Take the lessons from cleaning my Mom’s house and apply them to your own spiritual house cleaning.

Let God help you take your trash to the curb, forgive your sins, let go of unforgiveness and bitterness, and replace it with God honoring words and behavior, and use the gifts He has placed in you.

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