In addition to yesterday’s suggestion towards deeper self-examination, today’s hint for confession has to do with sorrow. It is very easy for our confession and repentance to be more about self-preservation than genuine sorrow. Such sorrow is not merely an emotion but a genuine abhorrence towards our failure. Abhorrence that is not motivated by fear of punishment or desire of blessing, but an abhorrence fed by the realization and recognition of how my failures would offend the heart of God. It is almost a form of empathy. This seems to be Paul’s focus in 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 where he highlights two forms of sorrow. One is worldly, the other godly. One is healthy the other is not. One leads to growth; the other leads to death.
As you practice the discipline of confession take the time to acknowledge the seriousness of your failures. Of course, it is equally important that we match our sorrowful abhorrence with a joyful confidence. Knowing that, through faith and trust in the work of Jesus, we have complete forgiveness before God. Our confession does not separate us from the love of God but we have peace with God [Romans 8:1, 31-39; 1 John 1:9].