I have a dog that occasionally has accidents in the house. Because of her I am always looking for possible stains. Sometimes I say, “Oh no, there is a wet spot” but when I go check it I find it is just a shadow. The most common are the chains with little round things that hang down from a ceiling light/fan. If those lights are on they can cast a round shadow that really looks like a stain.
Does this happen to anyone else? Are any of you deceived by a shadow that looks like a stain?
How is your spiritual heart? Does it have shadows that come and go or does it have stains? Shadows are temporary and they come and go – you know a bad day or short term depression. Stains are permanent unless they are cleaned up. Stains can ruin your carpet and your spirit. Stains can smell. Stains can grow bacteria and germs. Stains need dealt with. Shadows are a lighting problem.
Are you moving furniture and rugs to cover your stains instead of cleaning them? Don’t linger. Clean up those stains before they destroy your whole being.
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.