If you’re like me, you probably have moments when you think of the actions, words or behavior that you should not have done in the past and somehow you are reminded and bothered by it every now and then. Sins that we have committed, times when we turned away from God.
These moments leave a stain in our lives like a deep red ink that ruins our shirt. We try so often to remove it on our own so no one can see it, but to no avail. So whenever we go outside, with our heads bowed down in shame, we think the only thing people can see is our ruined shirt–our ruined life.
Sin does not only affect our relationship with God, it affects our life too. Sin brings shame and hopelessness.
But the truth is, there is hope. I won’t be listing down ways to remove that stain on your shirt, I won’t write about “how to move on from your past” but I will share with you one verse that can change your life for good.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
It’s interesting that Isaiah used crimson because according to one commentary that I’ve read, it is a deep-red permanent dye that they use in ancient times.
Sins we have committed, though they have left a permanent mark in our lives, can be made white as snow. Not by our own efforts, not by mastering our thinking to move forward and forget about the past, but by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Remembering what you have done
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Isaiah 1:4
Wow! Now we can bend our heads a little more in shame of what we have done (and still doing). We are all born sinners (Romans 3:23) No matter how the modern world tries to justify sin, saying things like “as long as you are happy, you are fine”, or that “God will understand and forgive”, or “a little prayer or attendance to church can give me peace that I’m not doing anything wrong”, in reality, you can never make light of sin. Forget about whether or not it makes you feel happy, forget about the common thinking that if others are doing it, then that makes it fine for me to do it too. Sin is an act against God.
Sin is never something we can proud of because it ruined everything.
Sin marred your relationship with God, the One who created you, the One who really cared for you, the One who really loved you. Think about that for a moment, sometimes it is good to remember the past, so we can bend a little more in humble adoration to the One who has removed the stain of sin completely.
Remembering what Jesus Christ have done
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Read that a couple of times and realize the awesome work of Christ for you, an enemy of God because of sin. When you place your faith in what Christ has done for you, He promises life and not just life but also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Do you long for joy? This kind of joy is like no other because this joy comes from reconciliation with God. Once we were enemies, now children of God.
After we get saved, all our sins are forgiven and forgotten. The Bible says, He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18-19) and forget it all (Isaiah 43:25).
The sin that once stained our lives is now gone, not because of what we did but because of what Christ did for us.
Christ gave you a new life. You don’t need to be enslaved by the sins of your past because you are cleansed and you have a secure future with God for all eternity in heaven.
Of course, Satan doesn’t want you to experience this so he will try to remind you of the sins of your past. May this verse from Isaiah be a constant reminder that your life is not ruined, you are now whole in Jesus Christ. You no longer need to bow in shame as you walk out the door, thinking sin has left a permanent mark in your life. Instead, you can look up and point others to the One who can remove that crimson stain and make it white as snow.