“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
James 5:16 (NIV)

Confession is good for the soul. If done right, it is a tremendous spiritual discipline. As a counselor and Pastor I have heard many “confessions” in the form of remorse, sadness, guilt and fear. As a person struggling with my own “sinful” nature I have had the blessing of sharing with others, those “sins that so easily beset me.” There is something about cleansing our heart that gives life. Of course sharing our sins with Jesus Himself is first and foremost. In I John 1:9 John shares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus listens with a never ending love and forgives with His matchless grace. And yet, even with His forgiveness in our hearts, there can be that false suspicion that if people knew the truth about us, they would reject us. So instead of admitting any shortcomings we put on a mask of “Christian perfection” so everyone knows that we have reached the mark and are Grade “A”, quality number one! But who put that kind of false standard on us? God? No. This false standard is manmade and evil. We need to be transparent with each other. We need to admit to those who we trust and are mature in the Lord, our struggles, shortcomings and outright sins, so we can receive prayer, understanding and wisdom. This is what it means to bear each others burdens. Today, let go of those “sins” that are eating away at your soul. Find someone you can share it with. Ask for prayer and help. Confess to Christ and Christ will forgive you. Confess to a trusted friend and they will lovingly embrace you and restore you to joyful living.

Father, You know my sins. I confess them to You. Yet You know my struggles, my fears, the masks that I have put on. Help me confess my struggles to my Christian friends that I might put down this heavy burden of pretence and live in the freedom of forgiveness and fellowship. In Jesus’ name.


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