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Whiter than snow – The Sinner’s Hope in Forgiveness

It’s winter in many parts of the world and everywhere is white with snow. Snow is a beautiful thing to behold especially at first experience. It’s very light and sometimes fall like flakes.

There are a lot of interesting things about snow. One of them is when it is being reflected by a light in the night or when the sun is shinning over it and is giving some tiny crystalized twinklings.

Another interesting thing about snow is it’s whitish color. Snow is purely white and it exposes every other color in its full color without adulteration. Black people who take pictures in heavy snow fields appear more darker.

When one walks in snow with filthy shoes his shoes will naturally be washed after some few minutes snow bath. I have actually been doing that when I feel lazy to get the shoes wash.

In the Bible, snow is mentioned several times. It is sometimes used metaphorically to portray a better hollier state of life. One that interest me a lot is when David declared, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalms 51:7)

Am just wondering how one can be whiter than snow. But here is when we understand the cleansing power of the Almighty God. It is written by His promises that, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

This cleansing is not about laboratory experiments when litmus papers turn color in chemical liquids. This change of state is only achieved by God. I know you can’t imagine how a scarlet can be washed to be white but it’s possible with God.

In 1 John 1: 9 we also read that, ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So David was right. After forigiveness comes cleansing. This post-forgiveness act is the most important part that we need to make us not to return to our old life. Be careful, God does not only forgive our sinful acts. He also wants us to stay from that sinful acts.

I once listened to a song with the title, “I am a radical for Jesus.” When I followed the lyrics I taught the song was going to end like “but now am no more a radical but a saint,” but it was the contrary. What we must understand is that the final purpose of God’s forgiveness is a change into the culture of Christ righteousness.

I read this illustration from somewhere. In his book “I Surrender”, Patrick Morley writes that the church’s integrity problem is in the misconception “that we can add Christ to our lives, but not subtract sin. It is a change in belief without a change in behavior.” He goes on to say, “It is revival without reformation, without repentance.” C. Swindoll, John The Baptizer, Bible Study Guide, p. 16.

An acceptance of Christ means that you are ready to renounce your old life into newness of life in Christ Jesus. Even though this transformatioin might be slow, its ultimate aim is to reach the full measure of Christ to “bearfruits worthy of repentance.” (Mathew 3:8)

A story is told by Gipsy Smith in “The Bible Friend” and it goes like this: When I was in South Africa, a fine, handsome Dutchman came into my service, and God laid His hand on him and convicted him of sin.  The next morning he went to the beautiful home of another Dutchman and said to him, “Do you recognize that old watch?”

“Why, yes,” answered the other. “Those are my initials; that is my watch. I lost it eight years ago. How did you get it, and how long have you had it?”

“I stole it,” was the reply.

“What made you bring it back now?”

“I was converted last night,” was the answer, “and I have brought it back first thing this morning. If you had been up, I would have brought it last night.”

Repentance always leads to a change of life.

Sin is not a good thing to company. It really destroys our lives and our joy. It is a practice that is against our morals and hence makes us to live on low standards of life. The only way out is to shun it and live a hollier life which is above human standards. And in this new way of life, only God can give us the needed support.

In these last days, it will require that we all wash ourselves in the precious blood of the Lamb. How amazing washing yourself in a blood and coming out whiter even than the snow? Sure it is! Many have had this experience and God expect you and I to experience it too. To the saints, it is said of them “…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14) His blood shall never lose its power!

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About Clifford Owusu-Gyamfi

The Life of Christ lives in me

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