I have been thinking a lot this week about the consequences of confession. Whenever someone publicly confesses a sin, it usually wrecks a lot of lives. It exposes something that people were not aware of and it affects people on multiple levels. I heard a story last week that was a perfect example of this. I am not going to tell the story, because it’s not my story to tell, but it really got me thinking.
There is a fear in confessing because we think that if we just keep our sin to ourselves, then it only affects us and won’t disrupt the lives of others. What I have realized, though, is that this is a lie that the enemy uses to keep us from freedom. You see the consequence of confession is actually freedom. Freedom from that sin and guilt that has been holding you hostage. It’s not the confession that wrecks lives, it’s the sin. Confession is your first step towards freedom and the path of healing for everyone involved, whether they knew it or not. Will there be other consequences? More than likely. But it is important to understand that those consequences are from the sin, not the confession.
The reality is that we should not be afraid to confess our sins to one another, we should be afraid to sin in the first place.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
- James 5:16