Got a load? Carrying around extra baggage?
Extra baggage can compound (and exhaust) so quickly. Try carrying a toddler on your shoulders for a couple of blocks. When they finally dismount, the relief is amazing.
The same principle exists when one travels around carrying guilt, shame, unforgiveness, and regret. Confession is such an important practice for a growing faith. Recognizing and admitting sin is a great first step but going to our Heavenly Father in confession and asking for His forgiveness is truly where we receive His peace and restoration.
In the words of Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Unpack the baggage! Leave it behind….and don’t go back and pick it up. Walk in His freedom and grace and extend it to others!
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21