Confess: “To admit that you have done something wrong or something that you feel guilty or bad about.” (Cambridge Dictionary)
“To tell or make known, to admit, to acknowledge (sin) to God or to a priest.” (Merriam Webster’s Dictionary)
Repentance: “The fact of showing that you are very sorry for something bad you have done in the past, and wish that you had not done it.” (Cambridge Dictionary)
“If you show repentance for something wrong that you have done, you make it clear that you are sorry for doing it.” “Synonyms: regret, guilt, grief, sorrow.” (Collins Dictionary)
“To turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life. To feel regret or contrition, to change one’s mind.” (Merriam Webster’s Dictionary)
Confessing, repenting and apologizing for your mistakes may hurt your ego for a while, but it can save your soul for an eternity if you do it right, together with allowing Jesus to cleanse you from your sins.
You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to own up to your mistakes when you make them. Take responsibility and admit your wrongs, apologize and try your best to make things right.
When I’ve made mistakes in the past, I’ve experienced feeling heavy. I didn’t understand back then the connection between the mistake I’d made and the heaviness I was feeling. I didn’t understand why I was feeling the way I was feeling or how to overcome the heaviness I was feeling. When I learned how my sins and the heaviness I was feeling was connected, and how confessing and repenting of my sins and mistakes could drastically change things, it was life changing for me. When I learned the power of humbling myself and apologizing and saying sorry, either to God, other people or even myself, it liberated me from the feeling and spirit of heaviness.
Most of the times when we do make mistakes we hurt ourselves and others, without that being the intention. No matter the reason for your mistakes or the other people around you, you need to learn to forgive yourself and others and apologize and receive forgiveness.
Sin causes the death principle, the original punishment for sin was death. Jesus became the cure and the deliverance from the law of sin and death, He became a curse so that we could become free from the curse of the law and so that our sins, transgressions and spiritual debt could be blotted out. But the cure doesn’t come automatically, you have to take action and confess with your mouth and repent and be sincerely sorry for the wrongs you’ve done. You have to say sorry and be sorry for what you’ve done. You need to confess with your mouth and be honest and open about your mistakes and ask forgiveness from God and from the people you may have hurt in the process.
Admitting our failures may hurt your ego for a while, but it can save you from death and disease. There’s power and healing in confessing and repenting and receiving and giving forgiveness.
Make things right, clear you heart and make it clean, so that you and your family can have life. There’s power in confessing, repenting and apologizing for your sins and mistakes, and that kind of power is yours. All you need to do is to confess and repent with your mouth and you will be saved.
After you’ve made things right, pass the knowledge on to somebody else who might need to get back on the right path as the Bible says in James 5:19-20: “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, consider this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
James 5:15-16: And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Colossians 2:13-14: When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
Galatians 3:13: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
Colossians 2:12: And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Acts 3:19: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Acts 2:38: And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
Romans 10:9: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Corinthians 12:9: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Proverbs 3:12: For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Psalms 23:3-4: He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Isaiah 61:3: And provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61:3: To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Psalm 45:7: You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
“When you know you are at fault for a problem, the mature and responsible thing to do is stand up and own up to the mistake, accept the consequences, and be part of the solution. Recognize where you went wrong and be prepared to fully own what you did. Talk to the person and tell them what went wrong and apologize. Then, move on from the situation, knowing you will do better next time.” – Paul Chernyak
“Admitting you were wrong doesn’t mean that you’re weak or inept. In fact, being able to own up to your mistakes takes a lot of courage and self-awareness. It is a sign of maturity.” – Paul Chernyak