A present-day application of a book of the Bible:
Leviticus: Keep your soul clean from what is harmful, so you are free to participate in fellowship with God and with one another.
– envy, jealousy, rivalry, competition, begrudging someone else what is good, gaining a place of prominence at someone else’s expense, a critical or negative spirit
– fear, dread, worry, anxiety
– an insulting spirit, sarcasm, hurting words, “I’m just being honest,” “Let me get this off my chest,” an “at” attitude instead of a “with” attitude
– “me” rather than “us,” pride, exalting myself in situations and relationships, wrong focus and priorities, wrong goals and aspirations
– anger as a way of life and a bent of soul
– a need or desire for approval from anyone and everyone
– a continual way of life and choice of soul of despair, desperation, pessimism, gloominess
Say no to what is “unclean” (not helpful for sound and satisfying thoughts, words, and relationships), and keep joy and peace intact.
Keep joy and peace as your strong reality, and your motivating and driving force.
Keep letting the sunshine in to your heart and mind.
Keep the doors and windows of them open to it.
Embrace God’s ways as the means to it.
Sustain bright and joyful.
Be useful and engaging.
Living in agreement with God’s decisions and design, sustains joy.
Keep your soul clean.
Christ … loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV)