Hide dirty laundry and try to “sniff it out.” Discussion point: Just as dirty laundry smells bad, our sin “stinks” to God. We stay clean by regularly confessing our sins.
Hide dirty laundry and try to “sniff it out.”
Discussion point: Just as dirty laundry smells bad, our sin “stinks” to God. We stay clean by regularly confessing our sins.
This activity is best done just before laundry day in your home so there will be plenty of dirty clothes to use as props. Begin by asking your children to go to their bedrooms and hide all their dirty clothing inside the clothes they are wearing. Alternatively, you can ask them to hide all their laundry somewhere in the house. Use the discussion questions to help your children understand the correlation between the mess that dirty clothes create, and the “mess” of sin in our hearts.
If our laundry was left unwashed, the whole house would eventually begin to smell. Wearing dirty clothing can also cause a person to smell. Dirty laundry is like having sin in our hearts that we have not confessed. To God, that sin stinks.
Just as it was impossible to hide the smell of your dirty clothes by stuffing them under your shirt or somewhere else in the house, it is impossible to hide our sins from God. And just as it is our responsibility to pick up our own soiled clothing, so it is each person’s responsibility to tell God he or she is sorry for the sin he/she has done. A parent can wash clothing, but they can’t wash a child’s heart. Washing our sin away is something only God can do. The Bible tells us that when we confess our sins, God will forgive our wrongdoing and will purify us (that is, get rid of any unrighteousness in us). God loves us so much that He gets rid of our sins completely when we confess them.
“ ‘Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of My sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’ ”
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”