Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “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 1:17-18 NIV
Audio of Monday Mantra – The tapping in the background is rain on windshield. Pam was driving while I recorded. Remember to scroll down in the new Podcast link to find the play button. You do not have to have a Spotify account.
Some shirts I enjoy wearing more than others. It’s not that it looks better than the others, rather it is more comfortable to wear. So you can imagine the distress I felt when the coffee spilled on the front. We tried several different cleaners, but the spot remained. There were several times I tried to wear it out of the house, but Pam chose the better “no, you are not.”
Isaiah does not tell us the cleaning agent to remove the stains of sin. He focuses on the results, the stains are completely gone. Ponder this for a moment, sins are totally erased. Not a single section, outline, color degradation remains.
We have knowledge which Isaiah did not possess, the cleaning agent. Jesus’ blood cleanses our sins. In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. Hebrews 9:21-22 NLT
Does God remember the sin stain? He doesn’t according to Psalm 103:12. ”as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” East and West have no ending whereas north and south have an end and beginning point. Our Father shows great compassion by removing our sins.
I included verse 17 in the scripture text to highlight one other aspect about sin. God hates all sin, but the scriptures especially highlight social sins. The lack of engaging in seeking justice, defending the oppressed, overlooking the needs of the fatherless (in our context, their health, education and social growth) and pleading the case of the widow. These are sins of omission. God judges nations on the sins they commit and the ones that are omitted.
Let’s wrap it up. On this Monday Mantra, You are blessed with your sins being totally wiped out when you confess and receive His cleansing. No need to remind God of sins which are forgiven. He has forgotten them. The stains no longer exist. Live in the reality in which He has forgiven and cleansed you.
Stop reminding God. Stop reminding others about your failures. Stop reminding yourself about the issues which cause you to be stuck. You are clean. PS. I finally got rid of the shirt.
Blessings Love y’all