A Powerful Confession begins with a hard honest look at ourselves and a commitment to act on that which we confess
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. ~Jonathan Swift~
Thought / Meditation
We all make mistakes (whether sober 90 days or in recovery for 20 years) and sometimes do things that we simply know are not right. A bigger mistake comes when we refuse to acknowledge them and admit (solid 4th and 10th step work) that we were in error. Those which we try to hide, and possibly even attempt to justify, will continue to fester until they are ultimately exposed and dealt with. Being honest and open with ourselves and others regarding our failings, allows us to learn from them, and is the first step toward gaining the strength which we need to overcome and move beyond them.
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told]–then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! ~Psalm 32:5 (Amp)~
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. ~Proverbs 28:13 (NASB)~
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. ~James 5:16 (Amp)~