Wednesday: God’s pledge.
Wednesday’s readings: Psalm 51, Psalm 103, Psalm 130, Ezekiel 36:16-38
1 Peter 3:21 – Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not as the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God).
Lord Jesus, there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t recall and remember the sins of my past. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t regret something I’ve done. On top of all this, Lord Jesus, as I look further back into my life I remember things things from long ago. My conscience keeps me awake at night because of what I’ve done. I wonder how my sin has crushed other people. I wonder how my sin has hurt them. I regret and repent again of those sins, dear Jesus, and it crushes me again. My conscience has good memory of all the things that I’ve done against you and other people. But Lord Jesus, you don’t! You don’t have a record of any of my since because my baptism washed my conscience clean of all the things that I’ve done against you and others. This is your promise and pledge to me at my baptism. There and then you promised me that my conscience was clean. Lord God, shut my conscience up with my baptism. Help me to hold on to the promise you made to me at my baptism that no sin now condemns me. Amen.
My baptism is a pledge and a promise from God that my conscience is clean. There is nothing that Satan can hold against me. There is nothing that anyone can bring against me. My conscience is clear and clean. God says so.