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Whiter Than Snow
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I’m sitting by our large living room window, looking outside at a winter wonderland. Our backyard is covered in a blanket of white. The fir trees are flocked even though Christmas is over, and the birds have gathered at the feeders for breakfast.

Every time it snows, a text comes to mind that I memorized years ago, “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…’” (Isaiah 1:18).

This text portrays God’s love at its very best. His invitation is almost too good to be true! Whether we have strayed from Him an inch or a mile, He beckons us to come and be cleansed—to be start over again.

Soak Me in Your Laundry

I think that the most amazing forgiveness story in the Bible is that of King David. He had sinned terribly. It was bad enough that he committed adultery with Bathsheba, but then in desperation he tried to cover up his sin by killing her husband. With a heavy load of guilt and shame, he accepted God's invitation to “come.” I like the down-to-earth version of his prayer in The Message Bible: “Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt, soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I've been; my sins are staring me down. Soak me in your laundry and I'll come out clean, scrub me and I'll have a snow-white life” (Psalm 51:1-3, 7).

No matter how dirty our sin has made us, the promise is that we can be clean. White. Even whiter than snow. I have experienced this in my own life, and have witnessed it in the lives of others. It's pretty amazing! I know a former prostitute who is now white. I know a husband who had an affair, but he, too, is white now. I know an unmarried teenager who got pregnant--and yes—she is now white. On a seemingly lesser scale, I know liars, gossipers, cheaters, and people with bad tempers who are now white.

The invitation from God to come for cleansing is there 24/7. And every time we accept this invitation we are never met with hatred, rejection, or blame. But rather with love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

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