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Orange Paint

September 28, 2011

When my husband and I moved to Florida over seven years ago, we had one weekend to look at houses. We spent all day Friday and Saturday looking at houses, checking out area neighborhoods, deciding what would best fit our needs. We were looking for floor plans that would accommodate both of us working at home, as well as enough rooms for us to eventually expand our family with children.

Finally, the last one we looked at was going to work. It had a good floor plan, in a great neighborhood, and within our price range. The décor wasn’t fabulous, the landscaping was pathetic, and it wouldn’t pass an inspection by Mr. Clean—but we had to overlook all of that.

Once we got possession of the house, we noticed a lot more than we did when we did a quick walk-through before buying. And after talking with the neighbors, we got the “scoop” about the house and its previous owners. Apparently, the owners had every room painted a different color: from neon orange to grass green to fuchsia. Yes, I’m serious! When the owners contacted a realtor to sell their house, the realtor (wisely) advised them to paint over the wild colors so that it would show better. So they painted white over all their bold colors (but believe me, you could still see the neon orange peeking through).

When we moved in, we repainted all the rooms to the colors that we wanted (sorry, no neon colors for us … we are pretty boring “taupe” people). However, there are some corners in the bathroom that we just couldn’t get to. There are two places where I still see neon orange, because a paintbrush just can’t get in between the cabinet and the door trim to cover it up. I must admit: it really bugs me. Every time I brush my teeth, I notice the neon orange. Grrr. Nobody else can see it. If you walk in my bathroom, you would never know. I’ve pointed it out to a friend, and her response was, “Oh, for goodness sake, you can’t even see it!” Well, I can see it, and I know it’s there. Grrr.

This reminds me of the hidden sins we all have. When we are saved by Jesus Christ, He forgives us of our sins and remembers them no more. But we remember. As humans, we are incapable of forgetting. My heart and soul has been repainted with God’s love and grace and forgiveness. The Bible says in Isaiah 1:18 that the Lord makes our sins white: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” But I remember that tiny blot of neon orange paint—my sins of previous years. I remember. A friend may say, “Oh, for goodness sake, no one even knows about that because you are a different person now!” Well, I know about it, and I can’t forgive … or forget.

Have you surrendered your life to Jesus Christ? Metaphorically speaking, has God moved into your home—your heart and soul—and painted His love and grace and forgiveness over the walls of sin? If so, you are a new person in Him, a new creation. The Bible says: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old is gone! That means the person you used to be is gone. God doesn’t see the old sins; He doesn’t see the old paint stains—He has painted over them! First John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

So why are you looking at that splat of orange paint? Why are you remembering your sins that God has forgiven? Why are you not living as the new creation God has made you?

If God has moved into your home–your heart and soul–and repainted over your sin with love, grace, and forgiveness, then live in it and remember the neon orange paint no more!


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