Clean In One Cycle

Thursday, May 2, 2024
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John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

The basket of laundry in the closet was overflowing with a mixture of bath towels, kitchen rags, Mom's clothes, and mine. I just sighed. Washing clothes isn't a favourite chore of mine, but it is one that must be done on a regular basis. It is kind of tedious, right?

Sorting through the basket, I found enough clothes for four small loads. I could have made just two big loads, but Mom was giving me her supervisory eye.

As most know, there's a process in washing clothes: sorting them, spraying them with stain remover, making sure the water temperature and load size are right, putting in just the right amount of laundry detergent, closing the lid, pushing the start button, and walking away, letting the machine get the clothes clean.

In our spiritual lives, there is also a process of becoming clean in Christ. First, we need to believe that Jesus is God's Son, that He was born in human flesh, that He died on the cross for our sins, and that He rose again so that we can have eternal life. Then, we need to receive His living Spirit into our hearts to forgive our sins and give us new, spiritual life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (ESV)

Becoming one in Christ, being clean, and having a new beginning aren't tedious. Praise Him for that! Like an automatic washing machine, Jesus washes ours sins clean "in one cycle" — His death on the cross. But just like our clothes get dirty and need to be washed over and over, our lives become sinful, and we need to confess our sins and be forgiven, over and over. It is a process called sanctification. Praise God that after we have received Jesus, God still views us as righteous, even though we sin.

Let's allow the Lord to keep our lives as clean as possible!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for the opportunity of a new beginning, and for giving us the chance to become clean and stay clean. Lead us in this thing called life. Amen.

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Becky Holland <rlhga@icloud.com>
Empire, Georgia, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Becky.


    Wonderful analogy. Thank you.


    Thanks for the encouraging words, Becky.


    Very helpful and insightful devotional Becky. Amen.


    In Jesus Christ name.
    Praised be to God Amen.


    Thank you, Becky, for today’s devotion. I really enjoyed it.
    (Québec)


    Thank you, Becky. What a great way to take a daily task and teach us something from it.


    Very good piece Becky. I’m glad for God’s mercy and grace that give a chance to be forgiven, over and over again. Thanks you for sharing God’s truth.


    Good one. I had just popped a load of whites in the machine before I read your words. Thank you. I’ll approach the washer differently now.
    (Manitoba)


    Hi Becky,
    I was smiling as I read your devotional. So right to the point and so clear. Let us all ask God to clean us as we ask our washing machine to clean our clothes. Thanks for sharing.


    Thanks, Becky, for your good words today. I enjoyed reading the way you compared cleaning clothes and the way we must clean ourselves of sin. Our Lord certainly is ever ready to forgive and cleanse us when we come forward and confess our wrongdoings to Him. Blessings for writing and enjoy a great day.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Simple but true!
    Thanks for this well-founded Devotional!
    Bless you, dear Becky,
    (BC, Canada)

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