Spiritual disciplines are sometimes difficult to incorporate into your days and require you to make a commitment to stick with them. Oftentimes, they also require that you clear some other distractions in your life, even when you don’t feel motivated to do so. When we are intentional with some spiritual practices, we aren’t taking part as a way to follow rules, to impress people, or to get God's attention, but as a way to grow closer to God and experience some spiritual awakening in your life. We are challenged to clear our lives of the clutter and distractions and return to some basic spiritual disciplines to connect us to Jesus.
In John 15:5, Jesus states, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Nothing matters more than our connection to Jesus. Through studying some of the Psalms and we are challenged to not just learn, but to put some spiritual practices into our lives; things like confession, prayer, and meditating on Scripture.
One of these spiritual practices is confession. We know that sin separates us from our Heavenly Father. In fact, that separation is the very reason that Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross. As long as there's sin in our lives that we haven't repented of or confessed, there's going to be spiritual distance between us and God. But when we put our trust in Jesus and then we live a life that practices repentance and confession, we can experience not just forgiveness and freedom, but also redemption and an intimacy with God that we were made for.
Reflection/Discussion Question: Is confession a spiritual discipline that you regularly practice or one that you often disregard?