My wife bought me a new shirt for Father’s Day. Nothing fancy, it was a grey tee shirt with a wide white horizontal stripe. I liked the look of it but that white stripe scared me. Me and white clothes don’t get along. I’m not sure what it is but it seems like if I am wearing white, it will only be minutes before it gets stained. Sure enough, as soon as I put it on, I stained it. I hadn’t noticed the stain until I put it on to wear to church. I looked down and saw it.
My heart is like that white band on my shirt. It is prone to stains. In fact my heart came pre-stained from birth. when I accepted Jesus as my savior he washed my heart clean but it wasn’t long until I had sinned and stained it again. I was ashamed of myself and embarrassed about the stain but I confessed my error and repented and my stain was gone. Now over 40 years later that pattern has been repeated probably millions of times. Confess-repent-repeat.
I hope that you my reader will read this as good news. There is forgiveness of sins available from Jesus because he died on the cross to pay for our sins. He rose again on the third day to give us new and eternal life.
The prophet Isaiah looked 700 years into the future and saw the forgiveness of God coming to cleanse us.
‘“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.”
Isaiah 1:18 – NIV
There is only one place to go to to be forgiven of sins. It’s a one stop shop, truly all our sin, all of our mistakes, all of our failures, all of our slips and fails and falls, all of our stains, forgiven cleaned and cleansed by the all powerful God through the blood of his son Jesus.
My shirt wasn’t clean enough to wear but through confession, repentance and Gods forgiveness my heart is. God and his cleansing power are always only a prayer away. Will you take him up on his offer today?
“‘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.”
Isaiah 1:18 – NIV