I was at a gas station filling my tank when I pulled the pump out too fast and gasoline drenched my hands. I ran into the station restroom and scrubbed my hands in white foamy soap. But when I rinsed my hands, the smell was still there. Frustrated, I drove to the hardware store where I learned about a hand cleaner called Goop. Right there in the store, I rubbed it on my hands and was finally free of the stench.
In many ways, sin is like the smelly gasoline that spilled on my hands. We don’t mean to get so involved with it, but somehow, we find ourselves soaked with its stench. We try to cover it up with temporary fixes, but they don’t last. The only sin cleaner that totally frees us from the stench of our own sin is the cleansing blood of Jesus.
The Psalmist once wrote, Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion. Wash away my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:1-2 HCSB) He prayed to the only One who could rid him of the stench of his sin. You can do the same if you choose. You’ll be glad that you did.