Every Tuesday evening, we go around the house and collect our garbage, place it in our garbage container, and set the container by the street. Every Wednesday morning, the garbage man drives down the street in his truck and empties our garbage container. He takes our garbage to the landfill where it is never seen again.
In many ways God is like the garbage man. He removes the garbage of our sin to a place that will never be seen again.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
“You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
“You have cast all my sins behind your back” (Isaiah 38:17).
Note that our garbage man never enters into our house to empty our wastebaskets for us. He requires that we place our garbage at the curb. In the same way, we must confess our sins to place them on the curb.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
But note the extent of our forgiveness in the above passage. When we confess our sins, God cleanses us “from all unrighteousness” through Jesus Christ. He enters our hearts and empties every wastebasket of sin in our souls.