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Magic Eraser
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When it comes to cool cleaning products, there’s one under our kitchen sink that is head and shoulders above the rest. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is amazing, and although it might be difficult to tell the difference between this product and an ordinary white sponge, the results are nothing short of remarkable!

From crayon marks on the wall, to stained porcelain sinks, I have found it to be invaluable for cleaning almost anything and everything. Our family has small children, so you can imagine that it’s especially handy to have more than one pack on hand all the time.

I’ve been so excited about this product over the past year that anyone who even brings up a cleaning problem gets to hear me extol the virtues of the Magic Eraser in almost reverent tones. I don’t mind. In fact, I love recommending it to anyone. It’s worked for me, and I know it will work for them if they will only try it.

There’s another type of “magic eraser” that I am excited about as well, but this one is spiritual. God’s ability to bring cleansing and newness to a sin stained past is more miraculous than any newfangled cleaner on the market.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”  (1 John 1:9).

Why Do We Not Share It?

When we have experienced this “magic eraser” in our own lives, and enjoyed its power to forgive and cleanse, why do we often choose not to share it with others? I’ve pondered that question for quite a while now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that (at least in my own life), I’ve chosen not to share it because I didn’t want to be rejected by anyone who didn’t want to give it a try.

I didn’t want to seem too pushy about something that might turn them off and cause them to walk away from me. Cleaning up walls is an easy task, and one that I’m willing to talk freely about. Cleaning up lives however is of a far more serious nature. What makes me think that I could ever be an authority on that? 

“…freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8).

When we come to God with our pasts, and experience the “magic eraser” grace that we are offered, we become “word-of-mouth” advertisers of that cleansing power; not only with what we say, but with our lives. We are living, breathing “commercials” if you will, extolling God’s power as claimed in scripture; power to clean, power to restore, power to enjoy the peace that it brings. It will work for others if they will only try it. Our job is to show them that it works in our lives and let God’s “magic eraser” take over from there.

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