Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Do I Smell?
Have you ever smelled something so nasty that you wanted to throw up right then and there? I was in line at the grocery store yesterday when I got a whiff of this guy behind me and my stomach started to turn. I tried to smell my sleeve just to distract my brain. I got that light headed feeling. Didn't even care if I got change. I inched forward. And so did he. I wished for some essential oil to wipe under my nose. Mercy!

How does someone not even smell themselves when they smell THAT bad? 

I wondered if he had showered all week. All month? I finally was done and headed to my car. Head held high. Thankful that I have clean clothes and running water. I wondered "Do I ever smell that bad?"

Then I thought about my sin. Putrid filth. The way God could have looked at me and turned His nose up. He could have been repulsed. He could have fled from me. But instead, He ran towards me and embraced me, in all my nasty, vile stink. Then He washed me clean. Why can't I love people better? Who am I to think I am better? Cleaner? Fresher? I didn't do anything to make me any of those things. I was simply made new by the pure, profound love of a Savior.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous
to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Terese Main is a morning co-host at Family Life, a network of nearly 70 Christian radio stations across New York and Pennsylvania (  She is a freelance air personality in Kansas, Arizona and Texas also provides imaging voicework for stations in Florida, California, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin (