#9: Failing to Confess Sins   

I just don’t hear people talk about confession much any more. (Not like the priest/booth thing…the confess your sins while praying thing).    And honestly, I’m not sure how good my confession prayers really are. I think I’m going to do a major series on confession later in 08 at Connexus.

Confession is so raw..so scary.  It means we stand naked, exposed before God for who we really are. The Bible even says we should confess our sins to each other.  No wonder we duck it.  It’s easier to justify behaviour, blame others, play the victim or just limp along and try again tomorrow.  Confession takes us into the jaws of our own shortcomings.

But it also takes us into the arms of God’s mercy.  Because when we see ourselves for who we really are, we also see God better for who He really is.  And He is merciful….deeply kind and able to love us into change.

What would we Christians be like if we really, deeply confessed our sins?  What would change? How would we be different? 

Confession.  Maybe becoming real with God about who we really are is one of the best catalysts to change we’ve got. 

How’s your confessional life?


  1. Carey Nieuwhof on January 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Pat…great question. One of the core values of our small group network is confidentiality. What's said in the group stays in the group. I don't know what to say other than I would work closely with the person who broke the trust and the groups members whose trust was broken to try to heal the breach and prevent future betrayals.

    I think in a healthier small group dynamic, people get so "deep" that trust becomes implicit as well as explicit.

    I think raising it as a core value again and again eventually means most groups will honour it.

  2. Pat on January 12, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Carey,

    How do you deal with this in the context of small groups? I know of one small group where trust was broken on a very small issue, but that eventually caused the demise of the group as a whole (because we couldn't move forward, for fear of what was being discussed being shared outside the group).

    How do you solve this?


  3. Stephanie on January 10, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Confession is something I struggle with…I find it difficult to admit my sins to God. He knows me inside out anyway but what release when I state my short comings and mistakes to him and ask for forgiveness!
    I am always battling the "I'm right" mentality or "I reacted that way because you did/said -whatever- to me". I need to take ownership of my actions.
    Growing up Catholic we did the mandatory confession, but I think it's time I got back to directly confessing to God and those around me.

  4. Joseph Jesseau on January 9, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Hey nice provoking message on confessions. In my Walk with The Lord, Confession is on a daily basis.only because I walk with Men of God who serve as Pastors and Apostles in the Churches of the World today. lets face it, confessions, I think, is the most formatable way to clear your conscience and rid yourself of behavioral attitudes that might hamper any decisions that one might make throughout their day.Not to mention what confessing would do for any future life changes that might be hanging in the balance because of strongholds that keep ones attentions focused on secrecy rather than believing that the the Whole Body would be set free through a confession of a sin that might stop the church body from moving and changing according to Gods Plans.

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