The Blotting

July 19, 2015
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2 Corinthians 5:19 – For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men's sins against them, but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. (TLB)

Oh, no, I thought, I'll never get this stain out. I had been walking with a friend when one of the dogs jumped up and accidentally scratched her. The scratch drew blood, and as I was helping her staunch the flow, my cream-coloured shirt brushed against the wound and stained the cuff.

Oh well, I told myself, it's just a shirt, don't sweat it. I was, however, disappointed, as it was a beautiful shirt, one which I wore frequently and really liked.

Later that evening, as I was examining the stain, I remembered some spot remover that was sitting on my laundry shelf. Retrieving the bottle, I read the directions, which stated: "Spray on stain and blot." Mmmm, sounds simple enough, but will it really work? Seeing as I had nothing to lose and hopefully everything to gain, I decided to try it. I sprayed it on, and then, with a clean, white paper towel, I began to blot. Presto, the blood began to come off. I sprayed and blotted again, and then again, and each time, more blood was absorbed by the towel, until all of it had been transferred from my shirt to the blotting paper.

Needless to say, I was extremely happy.

Likewise, God has made a similar provision for all mankind in regards to our sin. Through His Son, Jesus Christ, Who died on the cross, our sins are blotted out. The consequence of sins, which is spiritual death, was transferred from us onto Christ, Whose blood covers them in God's sight, leaving us spiritually cleansed or holy before Him.

What an incredibly marvellous action of love! And this blotting out of our sins is a totally free gift from God. All we need to do to claim it is to sincerely ask Christ to forgive us our sin by repenting of it: saying that we are sorry, that we believe in what He did on the cross for us, and that we accept it by faith.

Perhaps today, you are feeling in despair about a sin or sins that you believe have ruined your life, your future. Perhaps they are sins which you feel can never be blotted out; they are too great, too heinous. If so, then I have good news for you. These sins have already been paid for by Christ. All our sin, past, present, and future, was paid for through the shedding of His blood on the cross at Calvary. So why not take a moment right now and confess them to Christ, repent of them, and by faith, trust in His power to blot out the guilt of your sin and give you the fresh, clean start that you're longing for. After all, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Prayer: Father God, thank You so much for the power of the blood of the Lamb, which takes away the sin of the world. May each of us, this day, remember to choose to embrace its ability to blot out the guilt of our sin, as we take time to confess, repent, and by faith, accept its cleansing power. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Lynne – Amen to your words today.

    Thanks for another inspiring message.

    Thank God for his wonderful grace. Blessings Lynne.

    Good analogy and witness on sin Lynne.
    Thanks for writing.

    Thanks Lynne. Good comparison. The one major difference I can see is that we know how the cleaning fluid performs the blotting out of the stain. But noone will ever be able to explain the wonder of how the blood of Jesus has blotted out our sins.
    Keep on keeping on.

    Dear Lynne,
    Such a fine gospel message!
    I pray that many will come to believe that Jesus has totally blotted out their sins as well as ours.
    Thanks for including repentance and faith.
    Keep writing for His sake, I pray.

    Dear Lynne,
    After I read your devotional, I was struck by the irony of blood removing stains – only the divine blood of Jesus can do that! Thank you for this beautiful message of hope and forgiveness through Christ, our Savior.

    Very uplifting message and thanks for writing today. I liked the reference to “blood on your cuff” and “blood of the lamb:”
    You still remain one of my favorite writers.
    If it is signed, Lynne Phipps, I always take time to read.
    God bless you Lynne.
    Love and blessings.

    Good Evening Lynne:
    Another great message, how blessed we are knowing even thoug our sins be as scarlet they can indeed be as white as snow because of the shedding of His precious blood on our behalf.
    As always your message gives us hope for a glorious eternity with Him when we accept Him as our Saviour and King.
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful devotions.

    Thank you for your very encouraging devotional.

    Well done Lynne! Many feel they are not good enough…you make a really good point. Bless you.

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