On the last day of my sophomore year in college, my friend drove me to the airport. On the way, we stopped off for dinner. We parked his car on the street and went into the restaurant and ate dinner. About an hour and a half later, we returned to find his car was broken into and some of the contents stolen. Missing from my possessions was a large duffel bag, filled with my dirty laundry! I didn’t have time to wash my clothes during the last week of final exams so I stuffed all my dirty laundry into this duffel bag, intending to take it home and wash it. The thief thought he was getting a great treasure, instead, he got my dirty laundry!
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
Psalms 90:8 (ESV)
For much of my life, my great fear was that someone would find my dirty laundry and secret sins. I have done many things for which I am very ashamed. I have hurt many people, trashed my reputation, and failed to live up to my expectations and those who cared for me. Even after accepting Jesus Christ, I still struggle with these fears.
But God’s promises are greater than accusations leveled against me by any man; they are greater than any guilty feelings or remorse I may carry. As incredible as it may seem, He has taken my sins, cast them away, and forgiven me. It is only because I have confessed and repented of my sins to Jesus Christ, and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior that He is able to do this. I serve Him because of gratitude for His love and mercy to me. I did not deserve to be forgiven but He paid the price for my sins.
I have much dirty laundry but thanks be to God who has washed me clean and made me white as snow.
Thank you Lord Jesus Christ!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.