Laundry tends to pile up in our busy home and I’m often forced to omit important steps in the cleaning process – like pre-treatment of stains. Often, I cross my fingers, in the hope that the stains will simply disappear during the washing process. It's most frustrating when some persistent stains remain and I have to throw the item of clothing back in the wash.
The stains in our souls are also sometimes difficult to deal with. How often do we simply brush off our transgressions? In the process, our relationship with God is affected. We stand tainted in His presence: we forget about the unkind words that have left our mouths, or the outstanding apology. Maybe we hurt someone badly and simply swept the incident under the carpet. Or perhaps our sin is more serious; almost unforgivable. These are the times that we fall short in God’s presence.
But there is hope. No matter what our personal blemish is, we can have confidence that our God is a God of amazing grace. His gift on the cross offers us the opportunity to come clean, and to be forgiven. We can start again; a spotless new life, with a wholesome relationship with our Heavenly Father.