A meditation on confession
When preparing to confess to those we have wronged, time and place are important considerations. This last week I was reminded of a friend of mine. For the sake of this article, let’s call him Bob. Bob had finished another semester of college and was home for Christmas break. He knew it had not been his best semester. When he got his final grades in the mail, he realized just how bad it had been. The question was: when should he tell his parents? Bob decided to wait for the moment when it would be easiest for him. That moment arrived on Christmas Eve. Bob decided that if he waited until the church service, he would be in a ‘safe place.’ He hoped that the public setting, the joy of the festive occasion, and the thought of God coming as a babe would soften their reaction.
From Bob’s point of view this was a brilliant strategy, but from a place of love and a desire for forgiveness this was a terrible plan. You see, Bob was most concerned with his own self preservation, not the fact that he had sinned and wronged his parents. Not only had he let them down, but now he had ruined their Christmas Eve. When we confess, we need to consider our timing. Think about the person or persons to whom we need to make our confession. James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” The idea here is that you should be in a place where you can stop and take time to pray with one another. Our sinful minds think of the easiest way out. When we are confessing sins to others, we must be mindful of both time and place.
-Pastor Corey Mitchell