I’ve been thinking about how we confess our sins these days…planning a message series on it for Connexus later in 08, and thinking about preaching a series on this literally for years.  As we head into Easter next month, I’m thinking it might be good to blog a bit about it.

When it comes to talking to God and others about your sin, what’s your approach?  Are you a frequent flyer on the subject, or is it more like a trip to the museum (rare and a bit boring)?

For me, I tend to oscillate between confessing a bit excessively (if that’s possible) and confessing little to nothing.  One can lead to despair and lack of hope; the other to pride and indifference.  Neither is healthy.

What’s your experience with confession?  Do you confess your sins a lot, a little, rarely? What do you find frustrating about the subject.

P.S. I wonder if I should call this the lost post of confession.  I wrote
this post early this morning and it completely disappeared.  Wonder if
the subject is a threat to anyone/anything. Or maybe I hit the delete key.  I rewrote it because I know I need to talk
about it anyway!

5 Comments

  1. Dave and Gen on February 26, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Often as I start my prayer and devotional time together.. I have started with a time of confession and asking God's forgiveness..I beleive sin separates us from God and by doing this sincerely one feels there is direct line to Christ… Okay, but I have a question.. James 5:16 says.."Confess you faults (sins) to one another,and pray for one another, that you may be healed…."The bible says it so I beleive it…What are your thoughts on this Carey, or how can we incorporate it.A great topic for future teachings.. Gen

  2. Chris on February 25, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Have fun finding solid confession-themed songs for worship that aren't just surface I'm-so-sorry-I'll-never-do-that-again 🙂

    One cool thing we've done corporately is to tie confession with lament and it's worked well for us – check the blue Tim Hughes CD or Brian Doerksen's version of Psalm 13.

  3. Sarah Flemming on February 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I'm interested in what Bill said: "there is a whole lot more to confession than just admitting to having done something wrong/sinful"

    I think it ties into what Laurie is saying about confession that it is an ongoing growing processes with Christ – and it is the opportunity for transformation.

    I also think confession is not only opportunity for relationship with Christ, but relationship with people. I am just recently realizing this – but I often do not confess my sins to people because I think of it as something between me and God. But when I think about it, confessing to people I am close with allows me to be more honest and transparent and keeps me accountable for my actions.

    It's sortof an image thing I guess… it's nice to have people think you always do the right thing.
    The truth is, it's far nicer to have a community that helps you when you fall, that notices when you struggle and that loves and supports you. In my experience, confessing to eachother strengthens relationships – both with others and with God.

  4. Laurie Ann Doyle on February 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Confession to me is an opportunity to get closer to Christ. When it is done regularly, I find that it is healthy self examination. It is like journalling in away. I can see the direction I am headed in, the thinking that might be misaligned and what caused it. As I leave it open to the Lord to examine my heart, I prepare for a flood of clips or partial memories that eventually come up. This happens at different times, not often when I pray but sometimes when I least expect it, I might be driving or shopping, reading etc…it stops me in my tracks and reminds to ask forgiveness about something that the Lord has dug up from my past and he has blown the dust off. It is a gentle nudge in the right direction. Confession is an ongoing growth opportunity that is at our disposal thanks to the cross. It is a private counselling session with the Lord, it is completely amazing what gets healed once it is revealed. LA

  5. Bill Laxton on February 25, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I'm glad that you have started this week's blog with confession. I know that I definitely struggle with it. Cherry and I were talking about it last night before bed time. Funny that.

    Part of what came out of last night's conversation were the need to have accountability with someone mature in their christian life, (see Paul's letters on overseers and deacons), and the need to have a deep respect/reverence for what is taking place during confession. I believe that there is a whole lot more to confession than just admitting to having done something wrong/sinful. But beyond that, I will be looking to see more of God's teaching on confession in this blog.

    Thanks Carey

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