Are your hands clean? Some soap and water can
fix the problem if your hands have dirt or germs on them. But what about
the kind of clean hands God requires? God's Word speaks of clean hands
in a different way:
The Bible teaches us that those who have clean
hands will receive blessing and vindication (or forgiveness) from the Lord.
This does not mean that a person with physically dirty hands will not receive
blessing or forgiveness. No, it is one's thoughts and actions which matter:
Are your thoughts and actions clean
in God's eyes? If they aren't, what should you do?
The Bible instructs a sinner to wash his hands.
Again, this does not mean that washing one's hands with soap and water
will get rid of his sins. Instead, it means that the sinner needs to "clean
up his act" or stop doing the sinful things. Jesus stressed the importance
Jesus did not mean for us to bring out an ax and chop off a hand when we sin. No, God created our bodies, and He doesn't want us to intentionally harm ourselves physically. Jesus was just emphasizing how important it is that we make sure our thoughts and actions are "clean" or not sinful. It really is that important that we do our best to "keep our hands clean" and not sin. Are your hands clean?
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