January 11, 2017

Isaiah 1:17-19: “ ‘Come, let us discuss this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.”

There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and seeing a fresh blanket of snow outside your window. When it first falls and settles on the ground, snow is so delicate, so pure, and so white.  Untouched and undisturbed, snow is beautiful all on it’s own. But, what happens when people begin to walk in the snow or shovel it out of the way? Dirt is mixed in and the snow is no longer in its purest form.

I feel the same way about the Lord’s grace.  He sent His Son, Jesus, to cleanse us of our sins, to make us white as snow. The grace He has extended to us is pure, just like the snow falling from the sky.  If we try to change the terms of His grace or manipulate it to fit our way of thinking, then we have distorted His grace, taking away from its original, intended beauty.  Just like fresh fallen snow, Jesus is beautiful all on His own. His grace is the most precious gift we could ever receive. Accept the gift, admire the Giver, and share the good news in its purest form.

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