Repent Often . . . Stay Clean

1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Charles Svoboda said getting saved was like taking a bath on the inside. It was that way for me. I praise the Lord for the many teachers that have taught me the importance of staying spiritually clean and how to do that.

Being dirty physically is unpleasant, uncomfortable and unhealthy. There are things you can*t do and places you can*t go when you are dirty. I can*t sleep at night without taking a shower. I don*t like to work up a sweat and then hug someone. I don*t think they like it either. When we are dirty we can share all kinds of problems with others and we are repulsive to them. If they have to hold their nose in our presence they won*t want to be in our presence.

Same thing with the dirt of sin. It separates us from God AND puts barriers between us and others. When we stay close to the Lord we also stay close to others who are close to Him. And there is more distance between us and sinning saints. When we are closer to God we are closer to His will and all sorts of other blessings from Him.

2 Corinthians 6:14b: . . . what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Job 1:5: And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

What the patriarch did early in the morning, after the family festivities, it will be well for the believer to do for himself ere he rests tonight. Amid the cheerfulness of household gatherings it is easy to slide into sinful levities, and to forget our avowed character as Christians. It ought not to be so, but so it is, that our days of feasting are very seldom days of sanctified enjoyment, but too frequently degenerate into unhallowed mirth. There is a way of joy as pure and sanctifying as though one bathed in the rivers of Eden: holy gratitude should be quite as purifying an element as grief. Alas! for our poor hearts, that facts prove that the house of mourning is better than the house of feasting. Come, believer, in what have you sinned to-day? Have you been forgetful of your high calling? Have you been even as others in idle words and loose speeches? Then confess the sin, and fly to the sacrifice. The sacrifice sanctifies. The precious blood of the Lamb slain removes the guilt, and purges away the defilement of our sins of ignorance and carelessness. This is the best ending of a Christmas-day-to wash anew in the cleansing fountain. Believer, come to this sacrifice continually; if it be so good to-night, it is good every night. To live at the altar is the privilege of the royal priesthood; to them sin, great as it is, is nevertheless no cause for despair, since they draw near yet again to the sin-atoning victim, and their conscience is purged from dead works.

Gladly I close this festive day,
Grasping the altar*s hallow*d horn;
My slips and faults are washed away,
The Lamb has all my trespass borne.

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