Do you confess?
In movies, this question is usually asked by someone wielding their power in order to accuse someone else of wrongdoing. It’s a way to condemn someone. People rarely admit wrongdoing unless they’re forced to because no one wants to be condemned. More often people try to cover up their mistakes, even when it's really just that, a mistake. Confession seems burdensome, but should it?
In the confessional Psalm 51, King David feels burdened. The heaviness isn’t because of confession, it's because of his sin. The wrong he had done was weighing on him. Confession was the means of being set free. Confession, my friends, is freeing, and that was King David in the Old Testament. How much more freedom do we have since Christ has come?
Confessing is simply admitting the truth. Agreeing with and admitting the truth. So followers of Christ confess that Jesus is Lord, and we confess our sins. Why do we confess our sins? Let me share something amazing with you: we don’t confess in order to be forgiven.
Rather, we confess because we have already been forgiven by God. In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are assured that we are already deeply loved, and fully forgiven by God. God is not threatened by our sin and God is not keeping a record of it against us. Jesus approached people in their sinfulness and brokenness, and then led them into healing and freedom.
God already knows and has forgiven our sin, so why should we hold onto it in hiding? Therefore, brothers and sisters, “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Jeff Bergeson is the pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Jeffersonian: Many Churches, One Lord: Let us confess our sins