But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7-9)

Years ago, I borrowed my father­ in-law's power washer and used it to wash the windows of our house. I bought some heavy-duty, concentrated, industrial strength window-cleaner, poured it into an attachment on the power washer, and went out and cleaned every window. I was pretty pleased with the results. Then, the next morning, as the early morning sunlight was coming into the window of our family room, I saw dirt and grime all over the window. There were smudges. There were streaks. It looked awful. So, I went out to the garage, got my ladder, took some window cleaner and paper towels, and scrubbed those windows by hand. They glistened as the sunlight danced on them. I was bringing in my ladder, when Michele saw me and said, "You need to wash that window again. It's really dirty."


I sort of growled at her. I was irritated. I knew I had washed that window. I had done it right. I had done it twice. But then I stood in the family room and looked and - sure enough - it was still just as dirty and grimy as it had been before. On the outside, it looked fine, but on the inside, it was still dirty. It had to be washed from the inside. So I washed it inside the house, and it came clean.


When we sin and fail, the real cleaning we need is not just an emotional cleansing, not just a cleansing of our circumstances, not just a cleansing of our reputation, we need a heart cleansing that only Jesus can bring us.


1 John 1:7 says:

…and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.


God has the ability to cleanse us from our sin when we come to Him in prayer and His mercy provides the foundation for our cleansing.


Have a great day and keep moving forward!