Stain Remover

June 4, 2019
by June Heale

Often in these days of old age, with pains and lack of sleep, I may decide to have a stay-in-my-pyjamas day. Of course, that is just the day when someone will drop by. One day, my daughter happened to drop in on one of her quick visits. I had on my old favourite and comfortable housecoat. She looked at me and said, "Mom, you need to wash that. It is dirty." My reply was, "No, it is not dirty. That is a stain." That was the wrong thing to say! "Well, you should throw it out and get a new one." How could I part with my favourite housecoat? The moment passed, and I forgot about it. Well, until …

Christmas time came, and you guessed it, a brand new, fluffy housecoat as a gift was waiting for me, with the comment, "Now, you can throw out that old stained one." Confession: I still could not part with the old, comfortable housecoat, although the new one is lovely. The oldie sits in the back of the closet. I am thinking that I could embroider a nice flower around the stain, and give it new life, so to speak. Maybe, this would be a better way to deal with the housecoat issue.

I started thinking about stain removal.

Isaiah 1:18 – "Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (NKJV)

Can you imagine God throwing us out to get rid of the stains of sin on our souls? We surely need to get rid of those stains and not wear them forever like I did with the housecoat. But not once did He contemplate throwing us out — He found a better way to remove our sins and make us like new again.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)

His Son died on the cross so that our sin could be forgiven and washed whiter than snow. That is how much He loves us. All we need to do is come to Him with a repentant heart and accept the forgiveness that He offers us.

Today, can we come to Jesus, confess our sins, and ask Him to remove the stains from our souls? Think about it — but not for too long, for He is waiting for us to come to Him. Don't wait until you are burdened and heavy laden.

Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (NKJV)

Your sin-stained soul will be cleansed when all is forgiven.

Prayer: Dear Father God, may this message be meaningful to many in Your kingdom today. Touch us in such a way that we will throw out those sins, repent, and come to You for cleansing. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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June Heale <jinnybug@shaw.ca>
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, June.


    Thank you for your email devotional.


    What a good metaphor. Thank you for your devotional.


    Nice daughter and an excellent analogy. Thank you.
    (N.S.)


    I know only too well the comfort of the old stained housecoat. Well written. Thank you.


    Thank you, June for reminding us that God cares for us and wants to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


    June, Thanks for your message. God is faithful to forgive when we commit yourself to HIM,
    (Ontario)


    Hi June
    Thank you for the meaningful devotion this morning.
    Blessings.


    June, this was such a lovely message using the analogy of your housecoat to the washing and cleansing of our sins. So beautifully written!


    June – SUPER message. the comparison between our sin-stains and that of your housecoat really hit home. May God especially bless you today.


    Memorably told, June. Thank you. Keep writing. I especially liked the humility involved with the old housecoat and the continued joy of not being thrown away.


    Dear June,
    What an appropriate and interesting illustration you used to go with the Scriptures. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings to your day.


    Dear June, thank you for your honest sharing and you are blessed with a caring daughter. I like the idea of embroidering to cover the stain and that we are thankful that God does not throw us stained believers away but cleanses us and then forgets our sins.


    Good one June!
    Embroidering a flower is a great idea. I got bleach stains on my favourite navy pullover, l sewed flowers over the stains, and nobody knew! In fact, people kept commenting on what a lovely shirt it was. Too funny.
    Blessings.


    Hi June,
    Such a sweet, yet powerful, devotional you shared with us about God cleansing us from the stain of sin and bless your daughter’s heart for not wanting to see Mom in an unpleasant looking robe!
    Interesting how God gives us a “new robe” after we are cleansed from sin, His robe of righteousness. Amen. Thanks for sharing!


    Dear June Heale,
    You and I are kindred spirits. I do not want to waste anything, and I keep mending, even for other people.
    I think God likes us to be economical in order to have much more for church and missions.
    Thank you for your devotional of gospel praise and practice.
    Keep writing.


    Dear June,
    My mother is the one who discards all older clothing, and I keep the old. She has chastised me for wearing comfy T-shirt’s and pj pants to bed when I have stayed with her.
    Every Christmas she gives me a nightie!
    Enjoy your comfy stuff, just keep an eye out for your daughter!
    Blessings.


    Hello June,
    Thanks for this devotional. I can so relate with your story about your daughter wanting you to part with the old house coat. You used the situation to write a very meaningful devotional and a great comparison of stains and sins. Our Lord is so forgiving if we just come to Him and repent. He truly is the “stain remover” of sins in our lives.
    Lord’s blessings to you.
    (B.C.)


    I have an old scruffy pair of shoes I love to wear around the house.
    They will now remind me of your housecoat and its spiritual message.


    Oh, June, I did enjoy reading your devotional today, and I certainly can share your loving concern over an old housecoat. There is something about comfort and coziness as we advance in age. And yes, the Lord is so patient and kind. His goodness never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for sharing this thought.
    Blessings on your day today.
    (Ontario)

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