We had an unfortunate aftermath after our window cleaning business friend did a great job at cleaning our windows. A crazed Robin, caught in motion in the picture, kept flying into our window.
The steady clunk clunk clunk became quite annoying so we hoped the bird might knock itself silly and stop. But he did not!
From a birder friend and the internet, we learned that the bird sees his reflection and thinks it’s a rival male bird who’s going to mess around with Mrs. Bird and their Nest.
How many hundreds of times would the bird hit the window and not learn anything? There’s no limit because the bird is programmed to react this way.
I started to think “What a stupid birdbrain!” But then I reflected on how many times might we sin and knock our silly heads and not learn?
70 times 7??
How can we be so foolish like the bird? Are we programmed to sin?
(a) Is there hope if we have sinned as many times as the bird hit our window?
(b) Is there a remedy to keep us from knocking ourselves silly?
Scripture does provide us with an answer and hope for these questions.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:1-2)
Of course, as Christians we have made up our mind that we do not want to sin. But, any attempts we make to get rid of sin on our own are as effective as the bird’s futile attempt to get rid of his rival by pecking at our window!
What can break our pattern? What would work? The answer: We need to be cleansed.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
Our forgiveness from the penalty of sin by Jesus is once and for all, but the cleansing from sin is an ongoing process. We continue to walk in the light, we continue to have fellowship with each other, and we continue to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Because of all this, over time, I can’t say we never crash into the window, but by grace those painful collisions are happening less and less often!