Dirty Laundry Cleaned

Don’t you just hate when you wear something white and you spill something red on it. What makes it even worst is that you are out in public where everyone can see your stain. You can’t change clothes, so you endure the agony of being looked at by others because of the stain. Our lives often reflect that analogy.
We all have stains from our past. Stains of drugs, infidelity, deceit, alcoholism, domestic violence, lust, crimes, abortion, sex and the list goes on. It’s amazing that one mistake that you made in high school or college or just in life period, people never forget. Some people try to change their image hoping that others will forget what they did some 20 years ago. There is a story about a woman that was caught in an adulterous situation. Her accusers brought her to Jesus, informing him of her being caught in the act (which means they were looking). Jesus says let him without sin cast the first stone and begins writing in the sand and one by one they all left. Jesus then asks the woman, where are your accusers? When she looked up they were all gone. He told her that her sin was forgiven and to sin no more. What does one suppose Jesus was writing in the sand to make them drop their stones and leave? They couldn’t cast their stone because they were not without sin. I believe Jesus was writing the Ten Commandments out in the sand and as he wrote, they left. He exposed their dirty laundry and cleansed the woman of hers. That’s why Jesus came. We have all sinned. We have all done something that we are not proud of. No one wants to wear a scarlet letter on their chest forever. The Lord said that though your sins are scarlet they shall be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). God says that he has separated our sins as far as the east is from the west. Once we ask for forgiveness, he doesn’t remember our sins anymore.
We live in a culture where no one celebrates you getting cleaned but rather being dirty. With the recent lost of a a phenomenal singer, Whitney Houston, the subject has been her past drug abuse and what killed her. It’s amazing that the news reporters who are digging up the dirt are dirty themselves and don’t realize it. Rather than embracing the victories, they glorify the defeats. Yes she has been on drugs, yes she was involved in an abusive relationship, yes she drunk alcohol and acted out of character at times and yes she has been to rehab. Even though those things happened, Christ was sent for those very reasons and more. While the media is airing the dirty laundry like the group of men did to woman caught in the act. God has cleansed Whitney Houston of all her faults in private, like Jesus did with the woman.
The garment you wore with the red stain is now being cleaned in the privacy. The next next time some sees it, the garment will be cleaned. Those who see the cleanliness will not know when it was clean, how it was cleaned and with what it was cleaned. But they will know that the stain that was there before has been removed. Before judging others, deal with yourself first. No one knows what is in another person’s heart. Jesus came to get the drug addicts clean, he came to clean the adulterous, he came to clean the drunkard,etc. He came for you and especially me. I have have been through the washing cycle on permanent press more times than I can count. Ephesians 5:25-27 says that Christ loved the church and gave himself for her that he might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the word that he might present her to himself a glorious church, not having a spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy without blemish. Pray for the Houston family during their loss.

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One thought on “Dirty Laundry Cleaned

  1. you are right how the media talk about her dirted laundry and it is ashamed. that’s why the church (which the body of Christ) must take back the mountain of the media from the enemy, because the enemy put out dirted laundry to put fear in the heart of people.

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