The Biblical theme of redemption runs parallel to the themes of confession and forgiveness. To experience the freeing power of the Spirit of God we need the refreshing water of confession. Confession is not about beating ourselves up, but about setting us free. Unconfessed sin will render us weak and miserable; confession allows us to truly experience the freedom of God's forgiveness. As people who daily experience forgiveness through the cross of Jesus, we are called to be forgiving people; this is not an option but a command. The Spirit of God is that voice that points us to confession and forgiveness. To heed that voice leads to freedom. Confession and forgiveness are disciplines of a redeemed life!