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STAIN REMOVER

Jeremiah 4:14 “‘Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, that you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you?’”

WASH IT AWAY

 I don’t know about you, but I am awful about staining clothes.  I have always wanted a white suit.  I have never owned one for the reason that I would ruin it the first time I wore it.  I just know it.  Fortunately, we have products today that can get out most stains.

But the stain of your heart can only be cleansed by the blood of Christ.  In today’s verse, God is practically begging Judah to repent and be cleansed.  He asks us today to do the same.  He has given us the ultimate stain remover – His Son Jesus Christ.  But we must apply Him to our lives.  We have to allow Him to remove all the stain.  Nothing else will do it.

TEACHING MOMENT

Children are notorious for getting stains on their clothes.  Grass stains on pants are awful.  Grape juice on their Sunday best is horrible.  The next time you are removing a stain from some of their clothes, bring them in the laundry room and talk about this verse.  Explain that, just like you, God wants to get the stain out of their life.  And, just like you, God has the best stain remover.

Your child may already know Christ as their Savior, but they will always need to come back to Him for confession and “stain removal.”  Sure, all their sins are forgiven at salvation, but we have to keep ourselves unstained by the world to be effective witnesses for God.

What stain are you trying remove on your own right now?  How long has that stain been on you?  Aren’t you tired of it?  Then come to Jesus. Let Him cleanse you today.  He wants to.  He is waiting.

O Lord, You have cleansed my heart and my soul. Help me spread Your cleanser to others. Let me be a messenger of hope to a sin stained world.

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