“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.  God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, NLT).

Bissell Vacuum Cleaner

A vacuum cleaner company came up with a catchy slogan to try and sell their products: “Life is messy; clean it up.” I don’t know how many vacuums they sold, but the slogan was brilliant. We make messes and a lot of them are own fault. Some occur over and over and have to be continually swept up, while others are so big and terrible they seem to have no solution, causing some to lose hope.

Some believe repenting of sins is like getting a new carpet: God gives us a fresh start but it’s up to us to keep it clean. When Jesus forgave our sins from the cross, he did it once and for all. In Christ, we are clean and even though we aren’t perfect and still sin, the burden of staying clean is off our backs. He is the one who made us holy and blameless and he is the one who keeps us that way. We can live guilt free, resting in his grace, confident the one who is faithful will make it happen.