Do you know the power of confession? When I was newly married I didn’t. I thought it was better to hide my mistakes. Unfortunately, in hiding my mistakes, I hid myself. Over time, a wall began to erect between me and my husband. I feared even the idea of dropping my guard and being real with him. I felt that I had to “save face.” This resulted in more arguments, more alienation and a higher and higher wall.
Long story short, I learned that I had to eat a heaping slice of humble pie on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong. To this day I still struggle with the desire to hide. And humble pie has only gotten slightly better tasting over the years! But I know that it’s like much needed medicine for my soul. It heals me and my relationships.
God has created our hearts and minds with a need to confess. We not only need to confess our sins and mistakes to others but to God as well. Ironically, I find that it is often easier to confess my sins to God than to others. God is a gracious and forgiving God, and I know that He won’t hold my sin over my head or look down on me if I admit my weaknesses. But people sometimes do. At least that is what I have told myself. However, I’ve discovered that when I sincerely confess, I do not face rejection. In fact, the opposite has occurred. I’ve been welcomed, embraced and the walls have crumbled down.
Do you feel a wall between yourself and God or yourself and another person? If you’re hungry for healing, perhaps you simply need to eat a slice of that good ol’ humble pie! The recipe can be found below:
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16 (NLT)