“Though your sins are like scarlet, they can be white as snow.
Though your sins are deep red, they can be white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Sometimes we try to deal with a mistake by covering it up with more mistakes, or by repressing it, or by justifying it. That’s like walking around with a pebble in our shoe -- it causes us so much frustration that our whole body compensates for its presence, when all we have to do is take it out and toss it away.
-- Max Lucado in Walking with the Savior