Have you ever gone to the laundry mat? You are able to get your own clothes clean with your own detergent.
With Jesus, you don’t bring your own detergent. He cleans you.
We are not redeemed by our own efforts, but by the precious blood of Christ (1 Cor. 6:11). I know its odd to think of being cleansed with blood, but that’s exactly how it is (1 Peter 1:18-19).
We are filthy in our own sins. Christ comes in and washes us.
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. – Isa. 1:18
Whiter than snow? (Psa. 51:7) I’m not sure of any laundry detergent that claims to do that!
Trying to maintain your own goodness through works, deeds, or rituals is like bringing your own detergent to Jesus. It would be like going to the laundry mat and trying to wash your clothes with dirt (Isa. 64:6).
Dirt cannot remove dirt. Dirt makes things more dirty. Only Living Water can remove stains.
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