10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. (Psalm 51:10–13, NKJV)
What better way to begin the new year than with a clean heart and renewed spirit? In His great mercy the Lord is ready and willing to cleanse your soul of every stain of sin and restore within you the joy of salvation. Yet this cleansing cannot occur unless you are willing to repent of every sin (Lk. 13:3, 5). Until you are “cut to the heart” by the power of the gospel and compelled to “repent and be baptized” “for the remission of sins” your heart remains defiled, your spirit faltering due to sin (Acts 2:37-38). Now is the day of salvation, now is the time to be converted to Christ (2 Cor. 6:2; Acts 3:19). Now is the time to teach the transgressors there is cleansing and healing in the salvation of the Lord.