11th September 2020
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)
"Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!"
Ephesians 1:7 (MSG)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
This is confession time!
Recently while sitting in our two year old leather recliner, I happened to be holding a biro in my hand and guess what?! I managed to leave ink stains on the arm of the chair.
Of course the next question was, ‘How do you get rid of the stains?’. So who do you go to in such a situation? Google of course!
Needless to say there were plenty of suggestions telling us how to best remove stains, but interestingly enough also a number of ‘What NOT to do’ tips.
At the time of writing, the stain has been removed because top of the list of remedies was ‘Use a purpose made leather cleaner’. Fortunately when we bought the suite it came with a leather cleaning pack which we were able to use very effectively.
I have consequently lost my ‘pen licence’ and now can only use pencils in the house!
We are all aware that sin can create some terrible ‘stains’ in people’s lives. It can be the stain of guilt, shame, embarrassment, and a host of other consequences.
Over thousands of years man has tried to remove those stains, cover them up, turn over a new leaf, counsel them away, try to pay for them…. and the list goes on.
The truth is no matter what you may have done and no matter what the stain might look like, there is only one real stain remover and it is found in the sacrificial blood of Jesus applied to our lives.
If you have been attempting yourself to remove a ‘stain’ from your life with little success, bring it to Jesus and ask Him to forgive and cleanse every trace of it.
He has promised ‘whiter than snow’ - all you have to do is ask!