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You Can't Put it Back
by Donna Emery
06/17/07
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1 John 1:5-9

Iíd like you to go to wherever you keep your toothpaste. Please squeeze some of the toothpaste onto your finger.

Now, Iíd like you to put it back into the tube.

Having troubles?

This reminds me of how my temper sometimes gets the best of me, and before I know it Iíve squeezed out some very harsh words to a loved one. And, like the toothpaste, once theyíre out itís not possible to put them back where they came from.

After I lose my temper and say things that I donít mean, itís important for me to make things right. Making amends isnít always easy, but repairing relationships is part of life.

But whatís more important is to remember to make things right with God. Weíre all human, and the Lord knows that we sometimes do less than our best. But, part of living for the Lord means that we are led, by the Spirit, to live a repentant life. That means that we must confess our sins and resolve to ask God to avoid that same sin in the future.

The toothpaste wonít go back into the tube, but weíre always able to regain forgiveness, in Godís eyes.

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

Dear God: We thank You that You are a forgiving God. We thank You for Your mercy, which is always available to forgive our sins.


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Patty Wysong 28 Jun 2007
I love this!! An excellent analogy, and it gives hope, too. Well done!! :-)
dub W 18 Jun 2007
I liked the toothpaste analogy. Thank you.
Janice Cartwright 17 Jun 2007
Isn't this a wonderful promise? And another even better, "With God ALL things are possible." These two are the mainstays of my Christian walk!! Excellent succinct devotional.
Clyde Blakely  17 Jun 2007
I liked the devotional on toothpaste. However, what if you do not like the taste of the toothpaste? And there are some brands which I would not buy, no matter what. Some companies believe in things that I do not; evil things like fluoride (we all know how dangerous that is!) and how about those white teeth bushers people, always smiling (I know they have something to hide behind those pearly teeth). And should I mention about the colors - blue, red, some with stripes, I even saw a green one once. Yup, squirt the paste out, who cares? If you are foolish enough to belong to that crowd you deserve it! I am certainly glad that I have never had to try to put tooth paste back into the tube. No sir, not me! Thank you again for the wonderful devotional. I hope that I didn't miss anything out of it. :)




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