[ Washing Away Sins ] “On the Big Day, a fountain will be opened for the family of David and all the leaders of Jerusalem for washing away their sins, for scrubbing their stained and soiled lives clean.” Zechariah 13:1
I’m not a compulsive person who has to have everything perfect in my life, but I won’t tolerate, nor wear, a stained garment. I’ll spend a half hour using every chemical in my house to remove a stain before tossing it into the washer. If I can’t get the stain out, I’ll either wear the shirt under a sweater, toss into the Goodwill bag, or declare it a work shirt or work pants for tough jobs around the house.
I wish I were as concerned about the stains in my day-to-day living. No matter how often I rise to the challenge I cannot remain stain free. Most people I know lead a “clean” life. Although, some are more physically clean than what I see in their actions and hear from their mouths. And, there are the people who wear stained clothing and don’t care about their personal appearance who I would trust with my life.
When being introduced to someone, I see them at face value and usually am accepting, until they give me a reason not to embrace them. However, with time, stains begin to surface like in baby clothes and carpets, and their true character surfaces. Unfortunately, I can’t wipe away all my stains either.
Thank you, God, for wiping away the stains of our sins through Jesus. Amen.