Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snowy Grace

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 like crimson,
    they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18

I woke up last Sunday to a fluffy blanket of snow that covered everything except the roads and driveways. Really, it was the perfect snow. No shoveling, no icy spots, no downed power lines. Our drive to church was filled with 360 degrees of beauty as each branch was highlighted in white. A Carolina blue sky was filled with puffy white clouds that perfectly coordinated with the cloud-like covering of snowflakes that covered the earth like a blanket all around me. 

Snowy days remind me of the verse from Isaiah 1:18 that says, "though your sins are like scarlet they shall as white as snow."   The snow blanketed and removed all imperfections.  It created a place of immense beauty from barren trees.   Bare branches were dressed in white. It covered over brown grass and muddy spots.

I love that God removes all of our imperfections just like the snow. His grace covers all of our mistakes and failures. Just as the trees and ground don't do anything to be worthy of the snow- we don't have to do anything to be worthy of God's grace and forgiveness.   

God's grace doesn't discriminate based on our actions and attributes-  whether we feel like dirt or we are on top of the world- we are covered in His blanket of forgiveness, love and acceptance. 

Like the snow covers everything in an area, God's grace covers all of our mistakes whether they break the Ten Commandments like murder or abortion, adultery, stealing and covetousness or smaller ones like lying to a friend or hurting someone's feelings. Just as a mountain receives a greater volume of snow because it has more surface area than an anthill, we get more grace and forgiveness the greater the sin.  Paul explains this concept in Romans 5:20 "Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more..."

The snow is long gone at our house but God's grace and forgiveness is eternal. Because of Christ's sacrifice for our sins, we are covered in a blanket of righteousness so that when God sees us, he doesn't see our imperfections and mistakes, he sees Christ's perfection.  

If a you are haunted by poor choice or a careless mistake and you feel unworthy of God's love and grace, it is time to accept God's forgiveness. Nothing that you have done is too bad for God's forgiveness. 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.". Pause and imagine Jesus' blood on the cross covering that sinful place in your life and making it pure as fresh fallen snow. 

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