Steve and I have spent every weekend for the past month, working to redo our downstairs bathroom. When I went to pull the wallpaper border down, it didn’t want to cooperate. The top vinyl part was very nice, but that paper backing – well, it had no intention of going anywhere! It came down one itsy-bitsy scrap at a time. It took forever! My arms hurt from reaching up above my head for so long. I didn’t think we’d ever get it ready to paint. This bathroom is really two separate rooms. When we built the house, we had two teenage daughters living down there, and we made it where one could be in the shower, and the other one could use the sink at the same time. So, we actually had two rooms to do. We got the back room painted last weekend. Today, we finally got the front room painted. It will be a while before we can it will all be complete – at least another week or so. But, seeing things come together is so rewarding, isn’t it?
It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint changes so much. The new color is similar to the old one – it’s a little warmer. But, new paint covers up the nail holes, the dirty stains, flaws, and the unpainted section where the huge light fixture used to be. It reminds me of what the blood of Christ does. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Therefore, we as sinners have flaws, stains, and holes. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Christ died for ALL of us. We no longer have to live in sin. “Our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6). “. . .as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).
My Friends, “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (Romans 4:7). Just like that coat of fresh paint covered the past ten years in my bathroom, our past sins can be covered by the blood of Christ. Have you been baptized into His death? (Romans 6:3) Simply blessed, Courtney