White as Snow

“‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.'”
-Isaiah 1:18

We are all humans who make mistakes, but if you are anything like me, some mistakes seem to hold you back more than others. We have this idea that some things are too big to forgive, and that God’s unending grace, has a hole with our name on it. Not only that, but sometimes we let God forgive us — embrace that — and we forget to forgive ourselves.

“I will make them as white as snow.”

Think of freshly fallen snow. In this snow, there is no recollection of the dirt that once covered the ground; it is spotless perfection. In this same way, God’s forgiveness removes our impurities, and cleanses our hearts. We are no longer contaminated by our sin; it has been purged in its entirety.

In case you forgot, this is the God of the universe that is absolving us. So, with that said, if he can forgive us, why can we not forgive ourselves? God’s a “you’re forgiven, now let’s get this ball moving again. We got this!” type of God. We need the same attitude; sulking, remembering, and reminiscing in our sin will only sink us.

Two things to keep in mind:

  1. When we run to him, we are no longer a dirt-covered ground; we are spotless perfection.
  2. If sin is a cinder block chained to our feet, and we are given the key, why not free ourselves? We are all being thrown into the ocean, and we have the choice to either sink or swim.
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