That First Scratch (Proverbs 10:12)

You are the proud owner of a new car! The paint has a crisp sheen! The tire rims sparkle! The interior of the car exudes the intoxicating scent of new car!

And then one day, perhaps a few weeks or months after you first purchased it, you notice it.

The dreaded first scratch!

It is almost as if everything else no longer matters. The car has a scratch! Now, any additional scratches will not seem as traumatic since the car has already been marred! In fact, even if you covered up that scratch, it will never be quite the same because you KNOW there is a scratch there and if you look hard enough, you can still find it!

We are born with a sinful nature. And although all babies seem to initially be the incarnation of purity, it does not take long before their true nature reveals itself. We continue this sinful behavior for the rest of our lives and no amount of psychological counseling, changing of jobs or environment, or new relationships will ever cover or take away the sins. Like the first scratch on our car, we will always have it with us, lurking just below the veneer.

What can we do?

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
Proverbs 10:12

Thanks be to God who has provided the answer. By our own efforts, we will never be able to deal with the sin in our life. And God knows this. This is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross for our sins. Then in the most stupendous event the universe has or will ever witness, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, showing everyone that He alone could forgive you of your sins. It was His love alone that covers all of our sins. And if you confess and repents of your sins and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, He will forgive you of your sins.

Our sins will be wiped clean and unlike the first scratch, we will know that God has forgiven us and that sin will no longer be in our life.

Praise God for His faithfulness to us!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.