There’s a saying that many of us have probably heard more than once: “Once a thief, always a thief.” Or, maybe you’ve heard “once a liar, always a liar!” Although the word “thief” or “liar” could be substituted for any variety of sins, the statement is absolutely not true!
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of tthemselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
It actually doesn’t matter what you’ve done, where you’ve been, or who you are. If you are, as today’s verse describes, washed, sanctified, and justified all in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God, then you are a new creation; old things are passed away, all things are become new. There is no background excluded, there is no case too hard, there are no exceptions! As a matter of fact, there are no “background checks” when you approach God with a repentant and sorrowful heart. His washing, His sanctification, His justification are complete, total, and available to everyone regardless of who they are or what they’ve done.
If you are plagued by your past sins, feeling less than “worthy” of God’s love, then meditate on today’s verse and allow it to become alive in your heart. Grab hold of God’s truth and allow it to change your life.
You’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb of God. You’ve been washed, justified, sanctified, and made whole. You stand clean before Your God, not because of who you are or are not, not because of how good you’ve been or haven’t been, but because of the shed of the Spotless Lamb whose blood made atonement for you.
There is no sin too great to escape God’s great mercy and love, and the cleansing power of the Blood. Hallelujah – Praise the Lord!
Father, thank you for the assurance in Your Word that I am free from the sin in my past and that I’ve become a new creature, washed, sanctified, justified and whole. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see. Thank you, Lord … for Your Amazing Grace! Amen!
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