Picture if you will, this experience: you’ve been working out in the garden for hours on a hot, sunny day. You are sweaty. You are dirty. Your back is hurting. Then, a loved one comes up to you and says to come in and enjoy a bath that they filled up for you.
You take off your dirty shoes and clothes and you carefully get in the tub and then you lie down in it—ahhhh!. The warm water is so soothing and you can almost feel the dirt falling off your body. Your back muscles also seem to be relaxing.
So, where am I going with this—-it’s this: like in the above illustration of a person sweaty, dirty, and in pain from all their garden work, I believe many of us are also emotionally dirty and in pain from our living in this world. We carry the weight of worry, loneliness, fear, fatigue, and hopelessness. Its time to take an emotional and spiritual bath.
I would like to encourage you to read the following verses from the Bible (in the NLT) and bathe yourself in thinking and receiving them. If you do, even as I look forward to doing, I believe they will bring cleansing, relief, and enjoyment to your soul.
John 3:16-17 — 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
Romans 8:31-39 – 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”*)37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,* neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8-11 – 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
1 John 3:1 – 1 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him
1 John 4:10 – 10 This is real love-not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sin.
I hope you have really taken the time to bathe in these verses. They reveal an awesome truth that you are loved!
Lastly, before you leave the tub, let me encourage you to relax and enjoy this refreshing song by Heather Headley,