Whiter than Snow

Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.                  ~Isaiah 1:18

The first snow flakes of the year will be falling soon. Anticipation near grips my heart as winter draws near. Fresh fallen snow, uninterrupted by footprints or signs of life, quiets the chaos of a busy world, slows everything down and affords time to delight in the beauty of the world spun in white. My heart is near jumping all jittery with the joy of expectation.

Snow. What a glorious, beautiful reminder that all my sins (and yours), once offensive and causing bloody stains all over my soul have been washed clean. White as the fresh fallen snow. Every single one of my sins has been carried to the cross by the Savior whose blood was shed for me. Only God could wash my sin stained soul in blood and the result would make me white as snow. Only being washed in the Savior’s blood has such an amazingly supernatural effect.

For me, a drug addict who knew the Savior when I swallowed my first pills and first shot liquid poison into my veins, His forgiveness frees me from my guilt and shame. In Jesus, His forgiveness washes me clean and breaks the chains of addiction. While memories torment and accuse me of being less than, never good enough, broken (who could love someone as used and dirty as me?), worthless, the new fallen snow reminds my heart that I am so deeply loved. The beautiful white landscape reminds that the Father above sent His Son to carry all my dirty rags away, washed me clean when His Son carried them to the cross. Day by day He is making me someone new. I have a Father who knows me so well He knew what it would take to call me His own. He knew and He considered me worth it. (And He considers you worth it!!)

Addiction is what many followers of Christ label a “big” sin, but truth? All sin is big to the God who authored our lives. He is perfect and holy. Yelling at my tween is just as heartbreaking to my Father as choosing to numb the pain of my past with drugs. Eating the unpaid for produce in the store is just as wrong to God as stealing a television. No sliding scale exists to measure our sins against one another.

In the Bible, God tells us that all have sinned. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) We are all in the same boat. And that boat is sinking in the deep waters of sin. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23a)

The good news for all is that our holy and perfect God has made a provision for that wage our sin has earned (the wage is death – separation from God). He loves each of us so much that He paid for our sins and washes us each white as snow the moment we turn to him, agree with him that we are sinners and accept the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life that He offers through Jesus. “..but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What an incredible gift! It cost Jesus everything, His life in exchange for mine. His righteousness in exchange for my tangled mess of failings – for your failings, whatever they are, however big or small.

For you today:

God offers to wash you and make you whiter than snow. Have you ever agreed with him that you are not perfect, but a sinner (that is what sinner really means, that you don’t get it all right, make intentional selfish choices that go against God’s law – lie, look lustfully at a woman/man, stealing or helping yourself to something that belongs to someone else, indulging the flesh through overeating or drunkenness – not to be confused with having a drink – or sex outside of a marriage, etc.)? Have you ever confessed to him all the things you have done wrong and accepted his forgiveness? If not, will you consider His gift of forgiveness today? He is offering it to you.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” 

If you are a Jesus follower and are struggling with some hidden or not so hidden sin, could I just encourage you to run to Him today?  He loves you and He is not going to reject you. For me, when I stepped out of addiction, I told someone. I confessed my sin to a friend and joined a Christ centered recovery program.

Know this: your sin does not define you. Christ does. He calls you holy and blameless, He calls you His beloved. Your sin has not changed the truth that is yours through our Lord Jesus Christ. He purchased your redemption through His blood!

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

If you have time, please read Luke 15:11-32.  God loves you!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.    ~I John 1:9

 

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