Psalm 51:10 states, “Create in me a pure heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  My son asks me, “Do I have to use soap every I take a bath?” Of course, my answer is yes! The water of a shower does wonders, but it’s the soap that washes the dirt away completely. And just as soap gets the dirt off our skin, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin. In 1 John 1:9, we read, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Everyone sins; that’s just a fact. But when we sin, we must repent and turn from our sin so that it doesn’t become a habit or practice in our lives. When we don’t confess our sin, our fellowship with God is weakened, and our worship becomes strained and distanced. To repent means to make an about face, to do a 180-degree turn. We are to turn away from the way we were heading and go the opposite direction. As worshipers, we must regularly confess our sins and work to stay in the right relationship with the Lord. So, next time you bathe and reach for the soap, be reminded of the cleaning power of Jesus’ blood. Because He died on the cross for you and me, we can worship Him with a clean heart and a pure life.