It’s frightening to admit our sins to God and man. But they see them whether we confess or not. Our audacity, dignity, authenticity, or autonomy may stand in the way. Let’s not let them.
Confess your sinfulness to God to receive His forgiveness and cleansing. As the Apostle Paul says:
“Nothing good dwells in me.”
Confess your sins to one another to receive their forgiveness and restore the broken relationship. The relationship is broken whether we believe it is or not.
It takes humility on our part. Humbling ourselves may go against our personality. However, something I observed early on is that personality strengths can often be weaknesses as well. Paul valued his weaknesses, for when he was weak he was strong.
Confessing our sins, one to another, is another way to express our gratitude towards God.
Showing kindness in this way toward others is a fulfillment of the whole Law.
The Reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet, circa 1850, Frederic Leighton (1830–1896), in the public domain in the US