Thursday, March 02, 2006

FORGIVENESS: We've an endless supply, why so stingy?

In the end, when all is said and done, there's nothing!
Although you wash yourself with lye
And use much soap,
The stain of your iniquity is before Me,"
declares the Lord GOD.

Jeremiah 2:22
Once in the Bureau of Standards in Washington, a tiny tube of [less] than 2/1000 of an ounce of radium was accidentally dropped on the floor and broken.

They swept up the radium with a camel's hair brush and washed the floor to get the rest of it, but enough radium remained to render another washing necessary, and this time they washed the floor with acidulated water, and still another time with soda water, and a fourth time with hydrated water.

Each sweeping yielded about four hundred dollars worth of radium. Finally a carpenter came and scraped the floor. Three years later the shavings were burnt and the ashes were found to be strong in radium.

(Robert G. Lee, Salvation In Christ and Other Messages,
[Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1961], 57)

The oldest game in the world is its endless effort to hide sin, change its appearance, change its name, or redefine it. Man is destined to have his sins revealed, as they truly are:
But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.
Numbers 32:23
But in Christ Jesus we have forgiveness of sins. The Bible says ...
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
And when we have been cleansed there will be no residue, absolutely no trace will be found; and when we finally face the fire, only the wood, hay, and stubble will be consummed.

CRIB NOTE: If you'd like to read more semi-devotional illustrations you may find many of the CRIB's collection at The SHEEP'S CRIB - Illustrations.

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