By Andrea Merrell
That He might present her to Himself a glorious church,
not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
but that she should be holy and without blemish.
Ephesians 5:27 NKJV
I did everything possible, but it was no use. It was ruined.
The shirt—one of my husband’s best—went through the washer and dryer with an ink pen in the pocket. The stain was small, but there was no way to salvage the shirt.
While throwing the shirt in the garbage, I was reminded of the Scripture about not having spot or wrinkle … or any such thing, and I wondered how many times my failure to keep myself holy and without blemish had caused a spot that ruined my Christian walk.
Just like one rotten apple can spoil the rest of the barrel, one tiny spot of anger, resentment, or unforgiveness can cause a root of bitterness that not only defiles us, but everyone in our path. James 1:27 tells us to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. That means we have to constantly renew our mind and guard our heart.
Before doing laundry, I always check pockets. Now, I’m a little more diligent in my search. In the same way, I plan to be a little more diligent about checking my thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions.
How about you?
(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos/Aleks Melnik.)
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