If it can’t wash others, how will it wash you?
One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God’s call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her heart was evident.
As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.
It was not very long until this faithful young woman caught the eye and heart of the pastor’s son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans.
This is when the problems began. About half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor’s son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter.
So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting got completely out of hand.
The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past.
As she began to cry, the pastor’s son stood to speak.
He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife-to-be. He began to speak.
“My fiancée’s past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does His blood wash away sin or not?”
People throughout the church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters.
Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely, then it cannot cleanse us completely.
“So likewise shall My Father do also to you, if you from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” Matthew 18:35