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The dirt I needed to wash off of me after a few days without hot water was nothing compared with the filth inside of me thanks to two consecutive days of a tumble downward into an old sin I absolutely detest. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t always hate the sin as much as I do now. I despise my sin now more than ever because I am in love with the Lord more than ever. And let me tell you something. The best shower ever – clean, hot, good pressure and all – does not even come one iota close to the shower of mercy the Lord offers those who repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. And not only does God offer forgiveness when we are born again and saved by confessing Jesus as Lord and believing in our hearts God resurrected Jesus Christ, but God offers us forgiveness each time we come to Him afterward with genuine remorse over our sins. Furthermore, He does not merely offer us forgiveness, as though that is not enough. He promises to cleanse us.
I used to take hot showers for granted. No more. I spend time with people who are homeless, and I am well aware of the poverty around the world. There are people worldwide who have never, and may never, take a good hot shower. I am appalled at the attitude I had for most of my life whereby I took so much for granted like food, shelter, clothing, a car filled with gas, clean drinking water, and, yes, a good hot shower. I am now more grateful than I have ever been in my life for all that I once took for granted. But let me say this. No matter how thankful I now am for God’s provision as I should have been all along, my thankfulness to the Lord for His physical provision does not even come close to my thanksgiving to the Lord because He sent Jesus Christ to the cross to die a gruesome death to bear God’s wrath that should have come on me because of my sins so that through repentance and faith in Christ I can have a relationship with God on earth and spend eternity with Him in heaven.
The best shower ever? It doesn’t come from a shower head in a bathtub. It comes in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who died and rose again so we can die to our sins and live our lives unto the Lord – now and forever.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.