Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Psalm 32:5 NIV
According to Canadian law, a confession is a written or oral statement by the accused to a person in authority that admits a factual element to the Crown’s case. The law regarding confessions applies equally to inculpatory statements as well as exculpatory statements. Confessions are admissible where they are sufficiently reliable. All confessions must be voluntary to be admissible. This is the court’s key concern. When it is not voluntary is it not reliable and so is not admissible in evidence.
Sin always leads to shame. People try to hide it, or cover it up, or run from it, but in those quiet moments, when their head is lying on a pillow and their mind is clear, they know the pain that sin has brought and the ache deep in their hearts for freedom from the guilt and shame. There are always two choices – you can keep running, keep trying to hide, keep pushing the guilt and shame down deeper, or you can do what is best – confess your sin to your Creator. Here is what King David writes about this in Psalm 32:5: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” This is the heart of the Gospel. It’s the point of 1 John 1:9 – “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” David had experienced that, and so can you. Don’t keep hiding your sin – confess it and put your faith in Jesus and you will experience God’s forgiveness. Your shame and guilt will be lifted forever.
These have been words from the heart.