Red As Crimson

My favorite blouse. I couldn’t believe it. Red stains from where it touched the red blouse that hung next to it, as both dried after being hand-washed. Nasty red blouse. (Now, while red is the favorite color of several close relatives…sorry, but it is not mine. So having my blue soiled by red, did not please me.)

I scrubbed, and scrubbed, and scrubbed. I tried various stain removal products. Nothing helped. The stains would not budge.

While I worked on this dilemma, it dawned on me. Isn’t that the way it is with the sin in our lives? We don’t have to be wrapped in it, smeared by it, or even dunked into it, to have it stain us. It can be a casual thing. A momentary lapse of reasoning and good sense. It can be subtle. A brief encounter. Nonetheless, the stain is there. We’re soiled.

No amount of washing, scrubbing, or product can remove it from us. Nope. The stain is permanently inked on our heart.

The front of my blouse looks okay, no stain there, but I don’t want to be confined to wearing my blouse under a sweater, or make sure I never let anyone see my back.

Sorta’ like when we try to hide our sins under wraps, or make sure no one can see them. I think there’s a word for that…facade?

I’ve yet to decide what to do about my blouse. Try to bleach it white, then dye it blue, again? Dye it a darker shade? I should probably decide soon, and make the changes, before the blouse no longer fits. 😉

But, fortunately, we don’t need to wonder how to remove the stain of our sin. Because God has told us he will remove all our sins, through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, when we give our lives to him. Because of Jesus’ blood, our sins will be made whiter than snow, and remembered no more. Praise, God!

Like me, do you have some stains that need removed? Tell Jesus. Nothing but his blood will do the job.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool! Isaiah 1:18 (TLB)

I wish you well.


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