Confession and Authenticity

Confession simply means that we tell God the truth. We are willing name it. We are willing to name our failure for what it is and also to name what was going on inside us when we failed and take it to God. If you are harboring some sin – if you are keeping hidden a few secret regions of wrong – don’t expect to enjoy freedom from guilt. Secret sin cannot coexist with inner peace. Restoration can only consistently happen when I take all of my sin to God. Deep friendship with God can only come when I am completely honest with Him. Confession lets me have a close walk with God. American essayist Joseph Epstein says “We all exist on at least three levels: there is the person as he or she appears in public; the person as he or she is known to intimates, which include family and dear friends; and that person, deepest of all, who is only known to him or herself, where all the aspirations, resentments, fantasies, desires, and much else that is not ready for public knowledge reside (McKnight, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others 68.).” Confession is simply telling God the truth about each of our levels to God.

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