A Very Long and Dirty Laundry List

The phrase “laundry list” is used today to refer to any sort of list but back in the “day” the phrase “laundry list” had to do with…well…laundry.  Many people could not afford to have their own washing machine so they took their clothing to a commercial launderer and in order to make sure you received back your own underwear and other items (which is obviously extremely important) you would make a list…thus the phrase “laundry list”.  In Romans 1:28-32 Paul makes a laundry list of sin, sin that is intended to mark the actions and attitudes of a mind that has not been transformed by Jesus Christ.  Here is what he writes:  “28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”  That is a very dirty laundry list of sins.  Again, these sins are given as the product of the “debased mind”, certainly a mind that has not been transformed by Christ.  However, it is also true that even those of us whose minds have been transformed, can dabble in dirty laundry.  Here’s your assignment today.  Go through the list.  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal if you have some dirty laundry that needs to be cleansed. Do any of these “items” characterize some of the clothing that you put on from time to time?  If so, repent.  Turn away from these actions and attitudes.  Ask God to cleanse you.  We have a promise that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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