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From: Conny Hedengren  (Jonkoping, Sweeden)

I John 1: 5-10

If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

When a dish goes unwashed after a meal, it will likely remain in the sink overnight.  Because the food dries firmly on the dish, it takes much longer to clean, immediately.

The grime left behind on dishes makes me think about the things in our lives that need cleansing.  Maybe we need to pray for forgiveness or for help forgiving others; maybe immortality, injustice, or other sins are harming our relationships with others and with God.

Much like washing dishes, the best thing for our lives is to acknowledge the grime immediately and not postpone action for the future; waiting only makes it more difficult to change.  But even when we leave dirt in our lives long enough for it to stick, forgiveness is a powerful cleanser.  God asks that we forgive others, and God forgives us – God cleanses us from sin through the power of Jesus’ blood.

 

 

Prayer:  Forgiving God, thank you for cleansing us from our sin.  Help us to show your forgiveness to others even as you help us wash the dirt from our lives and our relationships.  Amen.

 

— Taken from “The Upper Room”  Where the World Comes to Pray