“…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Confession is incredibly important. In just the three verses above, it is identified as part of the means to salvation, a key element to emotional and physical healing, and the manner in which we stay in ongoing fellowship with God.
Confession is a source of freedom, strength and healing.
Freedom because I no longer live in bondage to “the secret.” It takes an overwhelming amount of energy and creates so much destructive stress to maintain a hidden life, to guard my every word and action. Confession frees me from my forced commitment to that double life, whether it involves a secret sin or a secret relationship with God, and enables me to live in wholeness.
Strength because I no longer live in denial. I have said it out loud, to both myself and another; there is no taking it back. And the moment I irrevocably acknowledge my weakness and failure, I have access to forgiveness and the strength of God and others; when I unashamedly profess, “Jesus is Lord,” I gain the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Healing because the wound is no longer hidden and “medicine” can now be applied.
Confession is out loud.
Confession is heard by another.
Confession is a source of freedom and strength and healing.
If God prompts you to confess this week, He simply has your best in mind.