Yesterday, I confessed that I do not like to wash off makeup and cleanse my face. Still do not know why that is, but it is a fact. I also talked about how we wear makeup to look and feel more beautiful, but if left on our faces while sleeping, makeup actually causes damage to our skin.
As I pondered this weird dislike I have for cleansing my face, God began to draw a parallel for me between external and internal cleansing.
We are all born as sinners. There is no getting around that. It is only through asking Jesus to come and live in our hearts and forgive us and cleanse us of our sins that we are made clean.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” 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.”
White as snow. Pure. Beautiful. I love this picture. That God sees me this way because the shed blood of His Precious Son made a way for me to be reconciled to Him in spite of my sin.
Still, even as one who has seen my need for a Savior and asked Him to be the Lord of my life, I sin. I always will. And left unchecked, my heart will become black and ugly the more mired in my sin I become. Dirty. Unclean. In need of cleansing. Causing damage to my heart and my relationship with God.
But, even then, forgiveness is mine for the asking, and I am washed clean once again.
Thank you, Lord Jesus.