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Why Do I Have To Confess?

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There’s an old adage that says: “Confession is good for the soul!” This refers to the idea of “coming clean with sins and shortcomings that may weigh heavily on one’s heart in order to feel better and obtain peace.” So, how do we define confess or confession. It means: “to admit or state that one has committed a crime, or one is at fault in some way.” Also, confession in many religions is “the acknowledgement of one’s wrong thoughts and actions. 

This may be done directly to God, a fellow person, or a person acting as a mediator to God. Confession is a necessary requirement to true repentance! Therefore, you need to confess as commanded by the word of God to bring about salvation and healing in our lives. Romans 10:9-10 said: “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” 

So, you really can’t be saved unless you are willing to confess. But it is not only necessary to confess to God but we must also be willing to confess to others.  James 5:16 said: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” So, make sure you get things right with God if you have sinned, have unforgiveness, or have offended someone because it may hinder your healing or blessing!
An apropos Bible story to go along with confession, would be the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-24. Jesus told the parable of a young Prodigal son that requested that his father give him all his inheritance now before his father is deceased. So, the father gave him his request and the son moved out and went to a far country and wasted all his inheritance in riotous living. 

Afterwards, he was totally broke and a famine occurred in the land. He, then went to look for a job and the only job he found was to feed slop to the pigs. But, he was so hungry, he would have eaten the corn cobbs in the pig slop, but he was not given permission to eat it. He finally came to himself! And this is the beginning of confession! You have to come to yourself and admit where you are or what you are doing is not right or beneficial to your life. Then, you need to go and do something about it to make things right! 

The Prodigal son returned to the place where the sin started and humbled himself. You have to apply the ingredient of humility to true confession. So, you have to admit: “I am wrong, not my sister, not my brother, not my Father, not my Mother, etc. but it’s me O’ Lord.”  And that’s exactly what the Prodigal son did! He went to his father, not accusing his Father or demanding that the Father should have come looking for him, but he went to his Father.

Verses 18-19 gave the Prodigal’s son confession: “I will arise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.” Upon his confession, change took place for his good! The Father restored the son and had his servants to bring him the best robe, put a ring on his finger, shoes on his feet, bring out the fattest calf and threw a big party for his prodigal son. 

But, if the prodigal son had never returned and confessed to his father, he would never have been restored, but perhaps died in his sins. I John 1:9 said: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So, if you ask the question: Why Do I have to confess? It is because God commands us to do so and it’s a pertinent requirement when you stand before Christ. 

Jesus said in Matthew 10:32-33: “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.” So, let’s confess so we are blessed to enjoy Eternal rest!

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