Everyone makes mistakes. But there is an epidemic in the world today of people who can’t admit they did something wrong. God says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). But first we have to be sorry about what we’ve done.
according to God’s way of doing things, there are three steps to changing our behaviour.
- First there is confession, which is admitting what we did.
- Next there is repentance, which is being sorry about what we did.
- Then there is asking forgiveness which is being cleansed and released from what we did.
The inability or resistance to do any of these three steps is rooted in pride. A man who cannot humble himself to admit he is wrong before God and before man will have problems in his life that will never go away. “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 26:12–NIV).
Too many of us have fallen because of pride and the inability to confess and repent. Unconfessed sin does not just go away. It becomes a cancer that grows and suffocates life. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsake them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). “God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).