Confession can certainly be difficult, but we are invited by Jesus to take off our mask, to get off the stage where we feel the need to perform, to be honest with God, and to be honest with others in regards to our sin. Being willing to confess your sins requires you to feel safe though. Are you a safe place for friends and family to confess their sins? Do they know they will be met with understanding and grace instead of harsh words, judgement, and guilt for whatever they confess? Struggles and sins lose so much of their power and hold on our lives when we bring them into the light by sharing them with others who can pray with us and hold us accountable in the future. Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
There is freedom and healing available when you confess and repent of your sins. So often, we feel trapped and ensnared by our past sins and current struggles. It feels suffocating and overwhelming, but Scripture promises that freedom awaits us when we are willing to humble ourselves and confess. 1 John 1:9 tells us that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
So, what do you need to confess today to your Heavenly Father? The idea of confession may cause you some anxiety and fear, but we are told again and again throughout the Bible that true freedom awaits us when we confess.
Reflection/Discussion Question: When in your life have you experienced the feeling of freedom after coming clean about your struggles?