1 John 1:9, NIV: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

“Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.” Whether to a priest, or directly to the Heavenly Father, what comes next will say a lot about a soul. “How long has it been since your last confession?” Confession is not only good for the soul; it is necessary for personal and spiritual growth--and needed to draw our thoughts toward God’s desires above our own. True confession carries with it a heart of regret and sorrow. If we are not truly sorry for what we have done wrong, or not done right, we might as well not confess. Without a hint of remorse, it is meaningless. “What is your confession?” We are all too familiar with confessions of lies, lust, greed, anger, etc. But imagine the confession of a Christ centered heart--one that puts others first. “Forgive me for not praying for Jim.” “Forgive me for not having any time for Joe.” “Forgive me for not sharing Your Light with John.” Confession should never be seen as a religious duty which wipes the slate clean; but as a relational privilege to get right with God and build within us a heart like His.