Daily Reflections

Ditching the Baggage

August 31, 2021 Mary Kassian

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9

When we confess our sins, we recognize and declare the force of what Christ has already accomplished on our behalf. We claim the amazing mercy and forgiveness that became ours the moment of our salvation. Confession is about applying the gospel. It’s not something we have to do as much as it’s something we get to do. We get to unburden ourselves!

Isn’t that amazing? We get to feel the load lift and experience the cleansing. We get to approach God with confidence, knowing we will receive mercy and find help in our time of need (Heb. 4:16). We get to feel the force of God’s love and forgiveness. We get to claim His power and His victory. We get to rid our lives of the baggage of sin!

It’s a privilege, and it’s also a joy that’s inaccessible to those who don’t know Jesus. Each time we confess, we claim and reaffirm the truth of what our Savior did for us on the cross!

Make it Personal

Spend some time confessing any sin in your life (be specific), and then lay it at the foot of the cross—and leave it there!