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Topic: Black (10/15/09)
TITLE: Black Needs White
By Alwine Canning
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Add just one drop of black paint to a bucket full of bright white paint and you immediately have a greyer shade. Sin, missing the “bulls-eye” in my life, is like that one drop of paint in my “whiter than snow” soul that has been forgiven my God. Suddenly my daily living takes on a greyer shade. Clarity is lost.
Confessing the error of my ways has a way of pulling that drop of black paint back out of my bucket of white. I see it suspended, as if by magic, above my bucket of white, awaiting action. Will it drop back in? I know I am forgiven already by my Lord, and He is ready to blot it out with his blood-stained robes, to disappear in the brightness of His light forever.
But can I forgive myself and let it go, as if it never happened, and move on? In the past, when I haven’t done that in my life, I’ve seen that drop fall back into my bucket of white, staining the way I respond to future circumstances.
Out dread spot! If I can love others enough to forgive THEM, I am commanded to LOVE MYSELF THE SAME. As Jesus stated, addressing the Pharisees, “Love others as well as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:39, The Message).
Without the blackness in my soul that reveals my lack of forgiveness how would I truly appreciate the white lightness of the freedom I feel when I forgive and have been forgiven? It is the blackness of dark that makes the whiteness of light so bright!
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