“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).


I was walking our dog, Teddy, a couple of weeks ago after we had some snow that actually stuck to the ground past noon.

There is a brick house in our neighborhood painted white with black shutters. Usually, I love the farmhouse look, but this day, there was no contrast between the snow and the house; they both blended together. The snow wasn’t nearly as beautiful against a white backdrop.

Ironically, some of the unattractive houses in the neighborhood actually gave the snow a stunning look.

As Christians, we sometimes splash white paint on our dark bricks to keep our true selves hidden from others, but when we try to present a squeaky-clean life, it cheapens God’s grace.

Charles Spurgeon once said when a jeweler shows his best diamonds, he sets them on a black velvet backdrop. The contrast of the diamonds against the dark velvet makes them shine.

God’s grace against the backdrop of our sin makes Him look glorious.

As Lamentations 3:23 says, “His mercies are new every morning,” but if I come across as having it all together, then mercy isn’t necessary. My performance has it covered.

Whether it’s all the sinful things we used to do before coming to Christ or our current battle to overcome a specific sin, our brothers and sisters in Christ and those of this world need to know “it’s by grace we have been saved,” and it is grace that is still sanctifying us.

Though we should not live a life of habitual sin anymore, there are moments where our old self rises up.

We have one of two responses: We can try to maintain false appearances, or we can be real with the people in our lives.


>Who have you given permission to know the real you?

>What have you kept hidden from those close to you?