Confession {Part 1}

How many of you have ever been to a Confessional Booth?  You know the deal – “Father, forgive me for I have sinned.”  The priest replies, “What did you do my son or daughter?”  “I did _____________________ (fill in the blank).”  “Say 5 ‘Our Fathers’ – 2 ‘Hail Mary’s’ and ‘light a candle.’

Something amazing happens when you “confess” – its almost like a weight is taken off of your shoulder.

There’s a great verse in James that really nails down why confession is so important … “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (5:16).

Let’s break this verse down.   I want to see some things fire in your brain that help you really grasp confession.

Here’s the thing – no one likes to “confess.”  It’s true.  How bad would that make a movie?  Person of interest arrested and confesses almost immediately.  Confession is not the norm today!

To confess means to “come clean.”

Here’s some of my confessions …

  1. Annoying people still annoy me.  Sounds crazy, but a lot of people think pastors are immune to this … we are not.  If they annoy you they probably annoy me too.
  2. I smoked marijuana in high school.  But I did not inhale.  It was more recreational and relational.  I was searching for something.  Not something I am very proud of, but very true.
  3. There are times when I feel completely inadequate.  Man, this is a tough one to admit, but sometimes leading a new church or any church is so overwhelming.  Yes, I trust God, but I know who I am too!
  4. Excellence is expected.  I want things to be perfect.  But like is not always perfect.  Things don’t always work out the way we want to.
  5. I find it hard sometimes to read my bible and pray.  Not because I don’t want to, but because the busy-ness of life crowds my schedule.  I really hate to admit that.
  6. A girl beat me up in Elementary school.  That’s not true.  Just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.
  7. I can get really angry on the Northern or Southern State at about 5:30 pm. I am sure there are some others that get a bit angry too.  C’mon you know it.  Traffic brings out the worst in me – at times!
  8. Insecurity is one of my friends. Most people think I am a pretty secure guy … I am but I am also not … I compare myself to others at times … and I also find myself feeling inferior to other pastors/leaders.

According to a 2005 survey by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate, 42 percent of practicing Catholics said they never go to confession, while only 2 percent said they go regularly.

People are walking away from the spiritual importance of confession.

Now let me say this.  You have to be careful who you confess what to … you have to be careful who you open up to.

Confession should be two ways:

  • To God, first – for forgiveness.
  • To others – for accountability.

What do you need to confess today?

1 Comment

  1. Katherine says:

    I want to confess that after reading this post I have realized that I need to be a little more honest about my struggles and failures. And that confession also breeds, respect, trust and comrodery. Thanks for being honest & open!

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