A woman gets a new outfit or a man gets a new suit and something is spilled on it. There is usually an exclamation such as “Oh, no!” or “Oh, look at that!” The next thought is, “How can I fix this?” The need for stain spray is obvious and hopes are high that it will work. How come we are usually more upset over this kind of stain than over stain on our Spiritual lives? True, God has given us a robe of righteousness, if we are born again, to cover our uncleanness. However, don’t think for one moment that He is content for the stain(s) to remain. Consider our imaginary woman: she’s where she can’t immediately remove the stain. She’ll try to cover it until she can deal with it. Likewise, we may try to cover our spiritual stain(s) but are we concerned about having the stain(s) removed? Paul uses Scripture to express his concern for Spiritual purity. In II Corinthians 11:2 He said, “….I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” God also inspired Paul to write, in Ephesians 5:25-26, about Jesus’ determination  to have a pure bride (the church) “….Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word.” Having covered our degradation with the spotless robe of His own righteousness, He then works on the sin-stain(s) underneath that robe. He uses teaching, chastisement, conviction and challenge to remove those stains and He has a means, in I John 1:9, of cleansing the stain(s). Selah! It is unthinkable that Jesus would be willing to have His bride remain impure! He is going to have her clean.  Ron

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