How strong is your temple? What does this mean? Well, for starters, i consider my temple my heart and soul. My heart and soul is devoted to a special purpose, which is loving my Savior Jesus Christ.
As i was in the bible last night, i was reading about Solomon building the Temple for the Lord. A few things really stuck out to me, but i want to focus on one item. 1 Kings 6:6 ".....He made offset ledges around the outside of the temples that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls." For some reason this sentence tugged at my heart strings. Have a made my Temple strong enough? Am i building it in a way that nothing can get in?
What we put in out heart and store in our soul needs to be precious. We need to guard it. What can seep in? Easy, . . . .Deceit (it was only one white lie), Jealousy, (i don't like her, she's had 4 kids and is a size 2!), Resentment, (She/he hurt me, so i will hurt them), Lust, (i really don't think this needs an explanation), i could go on, but for the sake of time i'll stop here.
Our Heart is the core of who we are, who we want to be. Do we really want to let ugly or immoral thing seep in? Allot of things start very innocently. (Here's the part where i share my dirty laundry yet again).
i used to watch reality shows. in particular, Housewives, and quiet frankly i loved it. The drama, cat fights, ect.. (Not really proud about it). For years, i would get so caught up in these "realities" that i noticed several thing had slipped in. i noticed i was very judgmental toward others. i became very aware of material items, and very jealous of what others had. i also noticed my self confidence was dwindling, because i didn't look like any of them, and they were so beautiful in my mind.
Lastly, none of these things came from the Lord, and none of them made me a better person to serve Him. Did this make me a bad christian? Certainly not, i am and also will be perfectly imperfect, and God loves me this way.
Why is it important to build strong walls to our temple? Because like decay to a tooth, the things we let in and don't clean out, can cause rot, and sooner than we think, we will be needing to tear it all down and rebuild.
How can we strengthen our walls? Reading the word of God. Pray, talk to the Lord. And lastly, love yourself!
So today, will you fill in the holes, and clean out your temple? The joy you will have in doing so is insurmountable!