"Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool." ~ Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
While pastoring in Wisconsin, I, being the neat-freak that I am, contacted a carpet cleaning company to steam clean the church’s carpets.
After the carpet cleaner had finished his work, he informed me that every stain was removed except the “red dye stains.” I asked what could be done about these stains, and he quickly informed me that his company had no chemicals that were strong enough to remove stains made from red dye.
I was a little taken aback, “You mean in the 21st century, we can’t remove red stains?!?!” (What a nightmare for a neat-freak!)
Interestingly, about 2800 years ago, God told the Israelites that He was more than capable of removing deep crimson stains from even the whitest garments. And praise Him for that!
No matter how far we have fallen, no matter how deep the stain of our sin, God’s love and grace can go deeper. That stain can be removed!