When God said to the apostle Paul, “My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9), He was saying that when God’s man is at his most vulnerable place, that’s when God’s power flows most freely toward him. Confession puts us in that place.
Jesus said, “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light” (John 3:20-21). Confession is an offensive weapon that diminishes Satan’s power to influence. If Satan is the father of lies, confession takes away the footholds that secrets create for him.
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy,” Proverbs 28:13 promises us. When you think about it, confession creates credibility. Practicing confession leads to transparency. Transparency produces vulnerability before others. When a man is vulnerable with fellow men, he becomes more credible to everyone. Credibility in our relationships creates trust. And when trust is present, true intimacy is won.
Any coward can conceal his problem. Only the courageous can confess.