Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Cover Up

Date nights are a big thing for my husband, Greg, and me. We are fully aware of the importance of prioritizing our spouse and giving them your full, undivided attention at least once a week. 

Last night we enjoyed a concert at our church home followed by a tasty dinner at a nearby restaurant. We both enjoyed our salads, nice conversation and a slower pace. It wasn’t until he leaned over to steal a kiss when I realized… I had goat cheese breath.

For the rest of our dinner I drank water to rinse out the flavor but it didn’t seem to help. Why didn’t I keep a toothbrush in my purse? Chewing gum didn’t even seem to make it go away. Greg was far too polite to say anything, but I knew full well it was noticeable.

This made me wonder, how many other things do we try to cover up? Bad attitudes, wrong choices, or even our sin nature are all things that can cause a stink. What we need is to be washed clean with God’s living water but instead we try to pretend it isn't there. For example, I have been guilty of trying to ‘serve’ my guilt away. Thinking that if I could just be good enough, no one would pick up the stench of my sin. I end up ignoring the problem and inevitably making it worse.

Part of the problem is our tendency to sin; the other part is how we think. I’ve done my share of stinkin’ thinkin’, have you? As humans, we are all going to make mistakes. But are we forgiving ourselves for them? Or do we let them fester and decay in our spirit as a constant reminder of our failure? That can end up being stinkier than the sin itself! Either way, we need to allow God to cleanse us with His love through His Word. Only then can we become fragrant instead of rancid.

Do you have something stinking up your life? Are you suffering from some stinkin’ thinkin’? Friend, there is not enough air freshener or peppermints in the world to cover up the smell of our sin. So maybe it’s time to be washed clean and have a fresh start!

Be blessed,

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” John 15:3


Anonymous said...

Great message Jennifer! Have a blessed week!!! Love you sweet sister! From, Melanie :-) Your friend way up here in Northern Michigan.

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