Okay, you know how it feels at the end of a really long day when your feet are tired and sore and you finally sit down and pull your shoes off? Ahhh... It’s awesome, right? It’s such a relief to just let your feet rest. For the Christian, confession ought to be like that.
I think most Christians are afraid of confession. We’re afraid of looking at ourselves squarely and dealing with all that’s really there in our minds and hearts, but why? Why are we afraid? Jesus knows the truth about us and still loves us. Jesus is the one who said to the paralyzed man, “Your sins are forgiven.” He’s the One who said to the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you.” He’s the One who said to His disciples, “This is my blood, poured out for the forgiveness of sins.”
I think we’re scared of confession because we still think our sin is going to cause Jesus to reject us, but it never will. In fact, if you have accepted Jesus’ gift, you are already forgiven for everything you’ve ever done or ever will do for the rest of your life. The reason we confess is that we’re in a real love relationship with Jesus, and it feels good to go to Him, admit our stuff, tell Him we love Him and ask for strength and wisdom going forward. Confession ought to be routine. It ought to be a sweet time where you draw close to the Lord and He draws close to you. In fact, it ought to feel good and right. Confession should to be like pulling off your shoes at the end of a long, hard day. Go ahead, get alone with Jesus and give it a try. Ahhh... that’s better.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9