“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 as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)
That is what I will do, with you. What will you do with me? I will reason with you. Although, it will be a very quick process. Why is that? I don’t need convincing. I have come to my senses. Why don’t you need convincing? What have you come to your senses about? I am a sinner. There is no doubt about it. There is no getting around it. It is the absolute truth. I have sinned. I will sin. So, there you have it, I am a sinner. There is nothing to hide. So, you want that to be the end of the discussion? You would like to leave your confession of sin rather general and unspecific, is that the idea? Would that be alright with you? You tell me. Would you like to know that you are rather generally but not specifically forgiven of any of your particular sins? What does that mean? Think about the future. Let’s say that one day one of your past sins comes to your mind. You recoil at the thought of your past sin. You are repulsed by the evil of your past sin. You are feeling condemnation from the devil over your past sin. You are depressed and discouraged by your past sin. Wouldn’t it be great to know that you already confessed that sin to me and that you have already been forgiven and cleansed of it? Not only have you been forgiven and cleansed of it, but I have made you clean and as white as snow in regard to it. Wouldn’t that be encouraging? Would you feel joy in knowing that not one of your sins is outside my forgiveness and cleansing? Yes, that would be very encouraging. That would be very freeing. That is exactly what I want for you. I want you to know without a doubt that I have forgiven and cleansed you of all of your sins. I have taken way the stain of every one of your sins. So, I should be very specific in confessing my sins to you. I have a very long list of sins. It would take quite a while for me to confess all my sins to you. I have time. We are not in a rush. I have committed so many sins that I can’t possibly remember them all. Yes, I know. But you can confess all your sins that come to your mind. You can ask me to forgive and cleanse you of each and every one of them. That I will do. That will be very good. What if I think of more of my sins in the future? What will I do with them? Confess all your sins to me. I will forgive you of each and every one of your sins. Did you think that confessing your sins to me is a one and done event? Maybe. No, confessing your sins and receiving your forgiveness and cleansing of them will be an ongoing activity throughout your life. But know this without a doubt, I have and will forgive you. I have and will cleanse you. You are and will be whiter than snow. I have given you a new and fresh and clean life to live in me. I have made you righteous in my sight. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I don’t have to reason with you very long. I know that I am a sinner. I confess my sins to you. I will turn my life over to you. Thanks to you, I can be forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. You have made me new and clean; whiter than snow. Amen
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