Confession is about breaking the silence and risking being found out. This is very difficult because secrets are often the last domain of a man’s control. On the flip side, bringing to light closely held secrets can be the most liberating, freeing, and transforming thing we will ever do. It may be impossible for God’s man to confess until he can admit openly his defects, sins, and struggles.
If ths sounds like something way off base to you, listen to what God’s Word has to say:
- “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us” (1 John 1:9, emphaisis added).
- “But you desire honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being” (Psalm 51:6, NLT, emphasis added).
- “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed” (James 5:16, MSG, emphasis added).
We can’t get close to anyone when we’re withholding something from them. Nobody will draw close to us when they are holding their cards close to the chest. That’s why God requires confession: He wants to get closer to us.