There’s a funny story about a young city boy, named Pedro, who lived in the province of Philippines. Pedro and his family had lived in the city for a long time but transferred to a peaceful rural area because of financial difficulty. His family had to use an outhouse, or a toilet made of wood separated from their house located near the river, which Pedro hated. It was hot in the summer, cold while raining, and always smelly. Since the outhouse or the toilet was located near the river so Pedro decided that he would push it into the water. After a strong rain, the water in the river went up, so Pedro pushed the toilet into the river.
Later that night Pedro’s dad told him that he and him needed to make a trip to the woods. Pedro knew this meant punishment. He asked his father why, to which his dad replied, “Because someone pushed the toilet into the river and I think that someone was you. Was it?”
Pedro responded that he was the one. Then he added, “Dad, remember when grandfather asked you if you had chopped down the mango tree? You didn’t get into trouble because you told the truth.”
“That is correct,” the dad said, “but your grandfather was not in the mango tree when I cut it down.” (article adapted from Perry Greene contributed to Sermon Central)
Oftentimes we believe that confession is only saying, “I’m sorry,” forgetting the fact that it is also openly admitting the sin or wrong committed, saying “I did it.” When we try to admit our mistakes, we feel that our self-image would go down. We lose our face or our reputation. That’s why, when we did something wrong, we try to cover them up or ignore them. But when someone found out our sins or wrongdoings, we try to defend, make excuses, justify, rationalize things in order to soften down the mistake we did, or we try to blame others just for the sake to get out from the hot situation.
But the Bible calls out for us to confess our sins and openly admit the wrongs we did. The power of confession is that we humble ourselves, lowering our defences, allowing us to realize the weight of our sinful actions, decreasing the power of the evil one over us, and making us think of responsible actions not to commit them again. That’s the power of confession.
A Personal Project: Sin that has become a habit often requires help from trusted brother or sister in Christ. James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Sometimes the assurance of 1 John 1:9 is enough: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”