For What It’s Worth,
Let’s Consider the value of Confession”

By E. J. Bradshaw

For What It’s Worth, Consider the Value of Confession

From the years spent studying the Scriptures and observing the lives of people around me, I have concluded that only God is wise enough and cares (loves) enough to inspire the many persons to write the Book (66 books) that we call The Holy Bible. A recent personal experience confirmed my belief and an additional observation. God never issued a “thou shalt not” but to disobey is bad for the law breaker and/or others. God has never said, “You shall” but that obedience is good for the “doer of the word” and/or others.

The case in point is the command given by James, the half brother of Jesus who admonished his readers to “confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed.” James 5:16 KJV

Affirmation of the healing power of confession came when I misplaced a book that belongs to my eldest son. The book was treasured by Julius because it was autographed by a cowboy friend of his and the author of the little book entitled, My Dog’s a Democrat. My associate and I searched our office several times to no avail. She and her husband, who had read the book, searched their home. Having also read the book, their son turned his house upside down looking. I can’t remember the times that I searched through all my books; and you can’t imagine my agony at the very thought of having to tell my son that I had lost his book.

Finally, the time was right. We were guests in the home of the associate Director of Mission for the Vernon Baptist Association and my partner in that ministry. As we were preparing to leave, I said, “Son, I guess this is as good a time as any; I lost your book!” To my amazement, he replied, “No big deal; don’t worry about it!” You cannot imagine my relief. For the first time in months, I felt at ease.

We came home, and he disappeared in his room. After a while, he came back into the living room with a broad grin on his face with the book in his hand. It seems that I had placed it on his dresser and had forgotten about it. (Can you imagine me forgetting something?) He had put it up in his place for treasures like that. I thought, “All that shame and worry I had felt when facing him, and the stress and time spent searching, when a simple confession would have ended the problem.” The peace that I gained from confessing a lost book is minimal compared to the joy of complete forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle John assures us that if and when we confess our sins to Jesus, He is faithful and just to forgive us and He adds, “The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9-10. And the Psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute sin.” Psalm 37:2.

Is it any wonder that psychiatry has learned and makes use of the cathartic value of confession?

Do you need to rid yourself of some burdens of guilt and shame? Try James’ remedy of confession, and don’t wait! When one makes a mistake, I believe in eating the crow while it’s hot and before it rots. I just forgot for awhile.

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