The Power of Confession
By Anne Jackson
July 31, 2012
Anne Jackson is an author, speaker and strategy consultant based in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is currently pursuing a degree in clinical psychology and in her free time loves to bake cupcakes and read old books. You can find her on Facebook.
Fear and loneliness are two inseparable lovers with a tragic common denominator: they seek to destroy the Kingdom within.
The Kingdom within. As believers, together we share this sacred bond. The Kingdom unites us—makes us one body. We need each other to function, to live, to thrive and to be Christ’s love and mercy here on earth. We are assured this communion will be challenging. The Gospel of John says the enemy is only out to defeat us. He is focused. He is attentive.
We’re compelled to schedules and appearances but not obligated one to another.
Letting all disguises fall off and confessing appropriately in the context of community is not an easy or painless process. However, it’s completely necessary in order for us to experience the full and abundant life God has for us and for the body we’re a part of.
If you’re tussling with something, you may be apprehensive to discuss it with someone. What will happen to your ministry if you confess? What will people think? We often dwell on potential consequences of our confession, but how often do we consider the consequences of our concealment? Admitting something may cause life to be messy for a while, but ultimately there is healing and grace in confession. There is power in truth, and it’s truth alone that will set us free from our fear and our loneliness.
We often dwell on potential consequences of our confession, but how often do we consider the consequences of our concealment?
But why not take a chance? Perhaps after your admission, the bond between two people will be strengthened with the power of truth that is present in the practice of confession.