My main purpose and goal in my life is to become like Jesus in character, to press on to maturity, to become as much like Him as is possible.
Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
“Conformed to the image of his Son” is the purpose of life established by God. He causes all things to work together in such a way that all things that happen will be a cause or stimulus for greater growth in me
A major anchor in the speed of my growth in character are the sins that I commit. It isn’t the sins themselves that are the problem but what I do in response to my own sins. If I justify as not so bad, blame others for my committing them, or simply ignore them, the consequences for those sins stay in me. The consequences are a loss of power from the Holy Spirit, the loss of God hearing and answering my prayers, a hardening of my conscience so I become more prone to sin, and many more consequences. God’s solution to my sin problem is to confess my sins as sin with no excuses.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalms 51:1-3 Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.
If I examine my life and confess all known sin to God He forgives me of those sins, washes me, and removes the consequences from my life. Another great blessing that comes into my life from God when I humbly confess all of my sins is that He gives me a greater grace to overcome the power of those sins, and I grow in holiness.
Romans 5:20 but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
One of my “daily disciplines” is to reflect about the day and to replay events and situations in my mind and with humility, transparency, and honesty to look diligently for sins that I have committed, even little ones, and to confess those sins to God as sin.