Sin is like that carpet stain. It causes a stain on a life. It may be a bad habit as small as gossip, or cheating or pride. I can work very hard to get rid of it. I can be very good and do many good things to make up for it. The stain of the sin goes away for a while and I look clean. I force the sin down deep, out of sight, but before long, sin creeps back to the surface. I can cover it up and act as if there is nothing wrong. The ugly stain is still there causing guilt, regret, sadness, depression. I can hide it or I can get used to living with sin, but the result is alienation from friends, family and from God. The bible says that sin causes death. I can't get around that on my own, but God offers eternal life when I turn to him. (Romans 6:23)
There are many expert carpet cleaners, but there is only one expert on removing sin. The bible says that Jesus takes away sin. (1 John 3:5) He paid the price of death on the cross in my place. When I trust in his sacrifice, I receive a new life. Just as I need a new carpet pad to get rid of that stain, I need new life in Jesus Christ to be rid of the stain of sin.
It is God's grace and the blood of Jesus that takes away sin. He takes a stained life and gives it a fresh start.
Is there still sin in my life? Yes, as long as I live in this world. But each time I become aware of it, I will take it to Jesus and trust him for the cleansing. I will stop trying to get rid of the sin on my own. Sin is not overcome by human effort. It is Jesus' work on the cross that makes me clean.
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