Confession: More than Just a Sacrement

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Photo credit: <a href="">Helga Weber</a>

1 John 1:5-10

Here’s the message we got from Jesus and pass on to you:

God is light. There is nothing whatsoever dark about God.

If we say we’re with God while hiding our conduct in the dark, we’re lying. Our actions are false. But if we conduct ourselves in the light full disclosure, we’re together, and Jesus’ blood will take care of whatever’s wrong.

If we say nothing’s wrong, we’re fooling ourselves. We’re lying. If we admit to what is wrong, Jesus’ commitment to fairness will forgive us and make us right again.

If we say there’s nothing wrong, though, we make Jesus out to be a liar. We’ve missed the point.

‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions.

Lots of people don’t bother with them, of course. They’re too easy to break by the end of the day January 2. But who doesn’t want to do better?

The first step to doing better, to making things right, is to admit that there’s something wrong.

It’s in nearly every 12-step program: “Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Confession, real no holds barred confession, is good not just for the soul, but for the body, the mind, and even for the people around you (who probably know something’s up anyway).

I’m not saying you have to go through some formal procedure. Or that you should tell your pastor or priest, or whoever is officially in charge in your faith tradition. Or that you should tell-all indiscriminately. But really, honestly, you know when you’re hiding something. And you know who you’re hiding it from. Possibly, though, you’re really hiding it mostly from yourself.

So go ahead, make some New Year’s resolutions. Start with this one:

“I will not hide anything from myself.”

And a second is like unto it:

“I will conduct myself in the light of full disclosure.”