I admit I have a hard time with confession. I don’t like to confess to myself, even though I try to do it. I certainly don’t like to confess to anyone else. I know the Bible tells us to do this, and I know why. But when you’ve confessed to people you thought you could trust and it turns into a gossip session, it’s hard to confess anymore at least publicly.
On the other hand, if you can find someone who you know loves you unconditionally and that you trust wholeheartedly, confession is good for your soul as the saying goes.
This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday which started Lent. While I don’t practice this, I do think it is worth noting that it is a good thing. Ash Wednesday is a time of confession and repentance. Some walked around with ashes on their foreheads in confession and repentance. I also know that some did this figuratively too. It was a day that some realized the changes that needed to be made. And for that I praise God!
I think each day should be like Ash Wednesday even if we are just doing it within ourselves. Confessing to ourselves our sins, our need for God, and our need to change.
Psalm 32 says,
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Don’t let your bones waste away with groaning. Confess, even if only to yourself. Repent. Change.