"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."
I love turtleneck sweaters. I have them in several colors. They are the mainstay of my winter wardrobe.
The one I wear the least, however, is my white one. Don't get me wrong. I like it just as much as the others. It's just whenever I wear something white, I know the Stain Demon is lurking right around the corner.
I wear white with caution. With trepidation. With fear and trembling.
The arsenal of the Stain Demon is formidable.
Ink. Ketchup. Mustard. Spaghetti sauce. Salad dressing. Grape juice. Cherry pie. Hot chocolate. Coffee. Red wine.
He's biding his time, holding out for the right moment to trip me up on just one of these. Or, maybe others I've yet to imagine.
Wait for it . . . Wait for it . . .
Dang! Not coffee again!
I race for the laundry room. Grabbing the Spray 'N Wash, I triage the stain as fast as possible, hoping against hope to restore the sweater to its former, pristine self.
When it emerges from the wash, I hold my breath. Painstakingly, I open it to inspect the place where the spot was. Where I pray it isn't anymore.
Ever so faint, the barest egg-shell on white.
Stain Demon: Eleventy-million. Me: Zero.
Our sins are like the coffee stain on my white sweater. We can try and try to erase them, to wash them away. But, we can't.
Only Jesus can wash away our sins. Only He can forgive. Only He can make us as white and pure as the driven snow.
Only He . . .
Is there a stain on your heart that only the Lord can remove?
Let us pray:
Sometimes, Father, we think we can do it all by ourselves. Remind us that it is in You where we live, breathe, and have our being. Take our sins, Lord, and create a clean heart and unblemished spirit within us. Amen.
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