Peace family, have you ever had one of your favorite pieces of clothing ruined by being washed with something else that changed its color?
This week, to my great dismay, I washed my favorite pair of white jeans in the same load as a yellow skirt, and when I pulled out my laundry, my pants were a blotchy yellow! I have tried soaking them in bleach water, washing them in the washing machine with bleach and soap, soaking them in vinegar water, and now, I am soaking them in OxiClean, as per our Peace 107 saleslady Amy’s advice!
Peace family, thank God that he is more forgiving than fabric, and Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection cleans us from all of our sins and shortcomings. However, let’s you and me both to do a heart check today. Are there things in your life that are “coloring” you and lessening your effectiveness for Christ? Are there attitudes and sins, even secret ones in your life, that are keeping you from being a good example of someone who is cleaned by Christ and a new creation? What things in your life might be bleeding into your “laundry” in a bad way?
God has been moving my heart in relation to language. I have several good friends who use bad language, and I’ve found myself using bad language more often since making friends with them. The other morning, I read Matthew 5:13, and it really brought it into perspective. There, Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (NIV) Salt not only makes things tastier, but it is a preservative that helps keep things from going rotten. Let’s remember to embrace our identity in Christ; we should be making the world a tastier and less rotten place!
Everything that you put into the “washing machine” of your life is going to have an affect, so let’s be mindful of what we listen to, read, watch, and do. We can’t control others around us, but we can still submit in obedience to Christ and be purified by him instead of tainted by the colors of the world, whether our issues seem big or small.