Sin, unfortunately, is a huge part of our lives. But for whatever reason, because you grew up in the church singing “Jesus loves me” or because we don’t like to talk about God’s wrath, etc, I feel like we often glaze over the depth and depravity of our sin and forget what it means to have them forgiven, forever. So today, we’re gonna focus on sins and forgiveness and confession, because that’s a huge part of who we are as new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
Pray: Take a moment to meditate and marinate in your sins, recent or far past. Realize how disgusting and repulsive they are to God. Confess to Him, cry out to Him, and repent again in your heart of your sins, and be comforted, knowing that they are forgiven.
Read: Psalm 51:1-17
Meditate: Just slowly go through the verses and ask God to convict you of any sins that you’ve been ignoring or pushing to the back of your mind. We cannot fully understand the awesomeness of forgiveness until/unless we realize how sinful and wretched we really are. Remember that in the end, we are held accountable solely to God (verse 4), and because of our sin, there is absolutely nothing that is good in us. Not an ounce of lovable or even likable. But God has made a way, so that we can rejoice in “the joy of [God’s] salvation”.
Also take a few minutes to really meditate on verse 17. As you sit at Jesus’ feet and look to the cross where He gave it all, ask yourself what it means for you to have “a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart” as your offering to Him.
Pray: Ask God to continue to show you where in your life you still need to submit your sins and your struggles to Him. Ask Him to “create in [you] a clean heart” that is living purely and wholly for Him.