Here are some brief excerpts from sometimes lengthy confessions posted anonymously on a website set up by a church —
- “I confess that I have stolen about $15,000.00 when working for a family member.”
- “I confess I have had premarital sex repeatedly and with multiple partners. I carry so much shame and guilt. I feel terrible and dirty.”
- “I have lied to get jobs and I have lied a lot.”
- “I love God, but I used to put my ‘ex’ above Him.”
- “I confess that I am not patient.”
- “I find myself being selfish of my time thinking that whatever I am doing is more important than what may be asked of me.”
- “I want to confess my jealousy and envy.”
- “I did not fight hard enough for my marriage, but let the enemy win.”
As I read these words I wondered what the people who wrote them looked like. I wondered what emotions they were feeling before, during, and after writing. I wondered if they found some relief after sitting at a keyboard and entering a confession into cyberspace. But mostly, I wondered if we need to put more emphasis on the confession of sin, both public, corporate confession and individual, private confession.
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Psalm 51:1-3
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
You can read more confessions at http://www.ivescrewedup.com or better yet, we can come clean with God and find a brother or sister or somebody to whom we can get real and confess our sins.