There was a church who created a website where people could anonymously confess sins and wrongdoings.
They did this because they believed in the healing power of confession. Plus, it was a chance to get other people to pray for them.
One young woman wanted to confess her promiscuous life and her feelings of shame. She also wanted to confess her concern that she was a horrible person and that no one would ever really love her.
Another person confessed a devious deed toward a sibling. Another to cheating on a spouse. Another to an addiction. Another to stealing.
The reason I bring this up is because there is power in confession.
It’s not a popular topic. First, there’s so much pseudo-positivity out there that a lot of people are in denial that certain thoughts and actions are sinful. And second, they doubt that being honest will make a difference.
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) says, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
People need a mechanism to confess their sins. Not only for forgiveness itself. And not only for personal accountability—and sometimes, for the healing of another person. But to invite God’s help and renovating power into their ever-evolving life.
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Unconfessed sins are soul cinderblocks.
Speak and seek forgiveness. And you’ll be inviting God’s help and renovating power into your ever-evolving life.
By Matthew Ruttan
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