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Removing sin is a process

Remember when you were a kid and got really dirty — grime in your nose, eyes, mouth, hair, ears, under your fingernails, and everywhere else. You looked more like dirt than you. To clean you up, your mom provided a hard scrubbing; often more than one. Her efforts changed what others could see, but you had to go along with the process.

As the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, it’s our responsibility to cooperate with Him in cleansing those areas.

This is similar to how Jesus works in us. When we begin a relationship with Him, He forgives all our past, present, and future sins. It’s also the beginning of the process of becoming more like Jesus. As the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, it’s our responsibility to cooperate with Him in cleansing those areas. 

When our thoughts are really sinful; selfish, mean, greedy, hateful, holier-than-thou, arrogant, gossipy, raunchy, boastful, and otherwise not Godly, in God’s eyes it shows all over us. Other people know of our inner dirt also because it oozes through to the outside and spreads over our outer selves through our words and actions. To free ourselves from this stain on our souls takes a hard “scrubbing” by the Holy Spirit and almost always more than one.  

Colossians 3:5-11 is a brush we willingly submit to for this inner scrubbing in our genuine desire to become clean. Once Jesus is working on our inner dirt that can even seep through our clothing, then we can put on new garments as in Colossians 3:12-14: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, and love — through which we achieve perfect unity. In fact, these new “clothes” also impact our minds helping us along the journey toward inner and outer cleanliness.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  

Jesus accepts us in a moment, but we have to continuously submit ourselves to Him.


  • According to Colossians 3:5-11, what is your dirt?
  • Do you want to be clean even if rough scrubbing is required?
  • What is one sin in your life that you need to submit to Jesus today?

If you would like to talk and pray with someone about a sin in your life, stop by the Care Room on your campus on Sunday, or connect with someone here

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