Over the past year or two I have noticed a steady increase in websites and videos like…
(some strong language)
As one looks and listens through these various confessions, some are shocking revelations, some are quite funny, some are proud. Why do people feel that they need to get such things off their chests? As humans, why can’t we just keep things to ourselves? Why, when someone tells us a secret do we often find it impossible to keep it in? Why are we often plagued with guilt about things? Why do things we did years and years ago, which seem to mean nothing to us or anyone, all of a sudden flood back into our minds and bother us?
In the Bible, Psalm 32 sheds some light on this whole subject.
David writes that,
When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long. For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
David was obviously deeply troubled by guilt, as we all are. What an accurate description we have in the Psalm of the heaviness and pressure our own guilt puts on us.
But he goes on…
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD “—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
So how can we get this forgiveness? David continues…
Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him. You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
In a way, these websites and videos have the right idea. Confession and telling of secrets is what is needed, and it is clear that people will indeed get closure from telling their secrets. But I guarantee that the guilt will not go. We are creatures designed with consciences. Only God can take that burden from us, through Jesus. God is holy, we are not, no one is sinless.
God became man; Jesus. He became a human and came to this earth, he was tempted and trialed, but did not sin! He was killed as an innocent human,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
I was thinking, the most normal thing to do would be to pray to God, just to talk out loud to him or in our heads, and he will hear us. But God sees us as well as hears us. If we felt more comfortable, just to write a letter or a postcard, God will see. No one else has to see it, just you and God. Personally I find talking a lot easier but however you choose to ask God, don’t let this pass you by.
P.S. Notice that no where in the Bible does it say that we must confess to a Priest our sins. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man.
Here’s an interesting one: