Our door mat was dirty for I been hauling dirt to the gardens. So I took the garden hose and sprayed water on the mat. At first the water flowed through the mat real dirty. It was brown and the clear water was muddied by the dirt in the mat.
After a bit the water started to flow clear and I knew the mat was getting clean.
The next day as I was studying the Word of the Lord I saw the mat and water and the Lord told me we are vessels of clay that needed His water, His Word to slowly wash us clean.
He does not scream at us nor rebuke us for the dirty water He sees coming out of us. Rather His love and forgiveness is seen while grace washes us clean of our dirt .... our flesh.
And there were set there "six" waterpots of stone, after the manner of the "purifying" of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with "water." And they filled them up to the brim.
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 2:6-10
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the “washing of water by the word”, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:26,27
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the “washing of regeneration” (new birth), and renewing of the Holy Ghost; … Titus 3:5
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. Revelation 22:1