Have you ever had a favorite shirt you had to get rid of because it became stained or ripped? A few months ago as part of a ladies’ Bible study that used our closets as a metaphor for our minds, we were asked to bring something from our closet that represents hope. I brought one of my favorite shirts, a brown long-sleeve tee. Even though it has gotten stained many times such that I thought I’d have to toss it out, after applying some stain remover, it has always come clean. The reason it represented hope to me is because it reminded me that Jesus doesn’t toss us out when we become stained with sin. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I was reminded of this recently in Sunday school as our pastor has been teaching through Psalm 119 and reminded us that God has promised not to forsake us utterly when we seek Him.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. —Psalms 9:10
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. —1 Timothy 1:15
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. —Psalm 51:7