That We may Believe: Reading Through John


We’re a germ conscious society, but perhaps we should be more sin conscious. My friends and I discussed how often we should wash or throw away the scrubbies we use to bathe. One friend’s loofah is a couple of years old, and she’d never laundered it. Another friend refused to use scrubbies because she felt they were germ-laden. I usually use one for a few weeks before throwing it in with the dirty towels. After all, it gets lathered up each time I shower. After our discussion, my friend threw away her loofah and I washed my scrubbie.

Rather than discuss our hygiene concerns, we might better spend our time discussing our need to be cleansed from sin. When we profess Christ as our Savior, he cleanses us and wraps us in a clean white bathrobe, so to speak. But not a day goes by when we don’t live imperfectly. Perhaps we lose our temper. Maybe we grumble or complain or speak poorly of others. That’s like getting our feet dirty after we’ve bathed. And again, we need God’s mercy.

Scripture tells us, the night before He died, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. At first, one of His disciples objected but then asked the Lord to wash his hands and head as well. 

“Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.’” John 13:10

Through faith in Christ, we're wrapped in His clean white robe of righteousness, forgiven and made clean. May we learn, daily, to live in that reality, free from guilt and shame.

Do you have something to confess to God to receive His forgiveness?

~Shirley Brosius