Laundry Day: God’s Offer of Forgiveness

Laundry Day: God's Offer of ForgivenessLaundry day. A week’s worth of dirt, sweat, and food stains lies in piles on my floor, ready for the washer. By the time each piece has been sorted, washed and dried, and folded, it will have passed through my hands several times. Does God take this kind of care with our dirty laundry? Or is He distant, too clean and too pure to meet us where we are? How does His forgiveness come?

Last week’s post found Peter up to his neck in sin after he denied Jesus three times. Cue the rooster.

Days later, Peter got his very own resurrection visit. Here’s Paul’s account:

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15: 3-5 NIV)

Why does Peter receive a visit like this?

Because we have a God who cares passionately for His kids.

For Peter. For you. For me.

Jesus knew Peter had been shaken to the core. Peter’s faith had failed and his sin felt tattooed on his spirit.

Then Jesus appeared.

Note it was a private meeting. I love that about God. He doesn’t hang my sin out like laundry on a clothesline for all to see. He comes to me with His still small voice and guides me home.

Are you dealing with a particular sin?

Is it crushing the life from you?

Is it more than you can carry?

He’s waiting. He’ll meet you one-on-one and He’s not afraid to get His hands dirty if that’s what it takes to pull you close.

Questions:

What do you think happened when Jesus appeared to Peter?

Why do you think Jesus chose to meet with Peter by himself?

With what aspect of God’s character does this line up?

Do you see this principle in other parts of Scripture? (Matthew 18:15)

Tweetables:

Peter’s faith had failed and his sin felt tattooed on his spirit. Then Jesus appeared. Click to tweet.

Note it was a private meeting. I love that about God. He doesn’t hang my sin out like laundry on a clothesline for all to see. He comes to me with His still small voice and guides me home. Click to tweet.

He’s waiting. He’ll meet you one-on-one and He’s not afraid to get His hands dirty if that’s what it takes to pull you close. Click to tweet.

 

 

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