Armchair Advice for a Significant Life: Prewashed Genes

English proverbs are short, concise sayings that express traditional truths. Many of them, religious and metaphorical in nature, offer sound, uplifting advice and consist of repetitive consonant sounds that make remembering them effortless. This week, we’ll focus on five traditional armchair convictions that connect with scriptural truths and encourage virtuous living.


Prewashed Genes

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9, NIV

“Cleanliness is next to godliness.”

“Go wash your hands for dinner,” I told my daughter.

No response.

“Go! Wash your hands for dinner.”

Child_washing_handsAt my second directive, she huffed and said, “I just washed them yesterday.”

Her argument was logical – to her. We may chuckle at this childish thinking, but we can be guilty of the same rationale – especially in regard to sin.

Today‘s proverb originates from Francis Bacon’s annotation, “Cleanliness of the body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.” A respect for God and our bodies as the temple of His Holy Spirit will result in our desire to maintain the cleanliness of our bodies as well our souls.

Have you ever thought that because you asked Jesus to cleanse your heart of sin yesterday, you don’t need to ask for forgiveness again today? Doesn’t it only make sense, if my past, present, and future sins are forgiven when I receive Christ as my Savior, that I shouldn’t need to continue to ask for forgiveness? I’m prewashed, aren’t I?

Today’s text reveals the unfathomable truth that yes indeed, God forgives all of our sin the moment we receive Christ as our Savior. When we become children of God, we receive our heavenly Father’s DNA and an eternal inheritance. God removes the “For Sale” sign on our home in heaven and erects a “Sold” sign in its place. Our eternal home is secure and becomes our real estate from that moment forward.

Our future sin, then, doesn’t change our relationship with God—but it does break our fellowship. If we desire to grow in our relationship with him, it’s necessary to confess our sins as soon as we become aware of them. We confess them not to maintain salvation, but to restore fellowship with our Father.

HEARTSeveral years ago, I experienced physical symptoms that caused my doctors to think I might have a heart blockage. When an EKG and a stress test didn’t rule out that possibility, my doctors determined it was necessary to perform a heart catheterization. The procedure revealed I had no blockages; my veins and arteries were clean.

Later, as I thanked God for the clean results of the procedure, I heard him whisper, “They looked inside your heart and found it clean. Can I?”

After my daughter had washed her hands, I said, “Let me see your hands.”

She lifted her hands―palms up, then palms down.

“Okay. They’re clean. Now, you can sit down at the table.”

If we follow God’s daily directive to cleanse our hearts as well as our hands, we can take our rightful place at his table and enjoy his fellowship once more.

Time to wash up!



What’s Your ‘Tude?: Gratitude

“It’s a good day for my bad attitude!” If that slogan’s speaking your language right about now, perhaps you should consider joining me this week to discover what the Bible says about attitudes. Could be a ‘tude adjustment is in order!



“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

Luke 7:47, NLT

We’ve looked at the role our attitudes play in allowing us to show God’s love to others. We’ve seen how sinful attitudes are ineffective for reaching others with the love of Christ and harmful to our Christian growth.

Today, let’s consider one of my favorite ‘tudes—gratitude. As I have a natural tendency to take blessings for granted, I appreciate the work of the Holy Spirit in my life to remind me to stop complaining and start remembering the wonderful things God has done in my life.

Friday_Day_Five_Pic#2-Woman_oils_Jesus_FeetRead today’s Dose verse. It refers to the story of a woman who the Bible describes as having been immoral. She crashed a party at a Pharisees’ home in order to get close to Jesus, who was invited to dine with the Pharisees.  “When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them” (Luke 7: 37-38). The Pharisee was indignant that this immoral woman was not only at the party but that she “wasted” expensive oil on washing Jesus’ feet and dried them with her hair. Jesus reminded the Pharisee that he’d not even bothered to greet Jesus properly, let alone, anointed His head or feet with everyday olive oil!

He told them a story about gratefulness. (vs.39-46) This woman was so grateful for Jesus’ forgiveness that she went toFriday_Day_Five_Pic#1-grateful what looked like extreme measures to lavish her love and gratitude on him. But, she was so grateful because she’d been forgiven of many sins. She didn’t think she was too good to acknowledge her sinfulness. She valued the forgiveness extended to her. The Pharisees acted like they only had a few, if any, sins to be forgiven. Jesus said this is why they showed little love.

Showing an attitude of gratitude is important in our walk with Christ and relationship with others. It shows others that we appreciate their assistance and recognize we’ve grown with help, not on our own efforts.

God desires for us to have the attitude of Christ Jesus. Through Christ’s obedient sacrifice for our sins and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can. Now that’s something to be grateful about!

Grateful for forgiveness,


[Read the story of the woman with the alabaster box in Luke 7: 36-50.]

I’ve referred to Believers a lot this week. If you’ve not yet come into peace with God and would like our help to find out how you can, please contact any member of our ZMI team. We’d be honored to assist you.