Thursday, December 18, 2008

Garbage Day + Snow = Happiness

I have a confession to make. I love Fridays. But, not because of why you think. I love Fridays because Friday is garbage day. And, I really like taking out the garbage. There is something deeply satisfying about taking out a full garbage full of junk and trash and smelly stuff and then to have someone come and take it away. It is just a wonderful weekly reminder of the beauty of forgiveness and repentance. We take our junk to God and He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I was reading a book today called "How People Change" and he brought up a good point about the importance of repentance. He said, "Repentance is a form of emptying the heart." He then went on to explain how this works by quoting the verse in James 4: 1 "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?" He said that the desires that are within us need to be emptied so that the Holy Spirit can have full access and control in our life. We need to believe as Romans 3:10-17 says is that their is no good in us, that our tongues and our hands and our lives are bent toward doing evil. And, God has given us such an amazing gift that we can empty our sin and be replaced with his righteousness. The more we understand his holiness, the more we want to be like God. But, when we are not, we can come to him, pour out our sins and he takes it away, every day, any minute, and not just once a week. I am looking out at world that is covered in snow, and it is so beautiful. May this verse be a reminder to us: Isaiah 1:18 - “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool." May we receive this gift and may we give it to others, forgiving them as God in Christ has forgiven us.

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