by Heather Tietz
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
There is a great satisfaction that comes when someone apologizes to us. It’s like a bucket of water on fire. It takes the bite out of the heat. It cools us down.
Even judges will often reduce sentences for those who confess to a crime. The earlier guilt is admitted, the less punishment is usually given.
So why would anyone choose to hide their guilt or deny their wrongdoing when a world of reconciliation and healing is waiting? Perhaps it is out of fear that the person who we have wronged has an upper hand on us and will use our confession against us in the future. Or maybe it is an attempt to save face with someone with whom we have authority over.
When it comes to power, no relationship is more lopsided than the one we have with God. He is the Maker of the universe and the Judge of all of mankind. Yet, He is also a gracious Father that offers us a great deal in response to our crimes against Him. When we confess, He simply, completely, forgives. With our confession and His forgiveness, change in us happens. We become a little more like Jesus. Our unrighteousness desires, thoughts, actions are halted and we have a fresh start again.