Proverbs 28:13 (NLT)
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
When we’ve messed up, it is quite easy to pass the blame or to just not say anything about it. But neither choice is actually telling the truth. When we don’t tell the truth, we fail to help ourselves or to benefit anyone else in the long run. We reject the abundance of mercy that is available to us if we only open up and tell the straight-up honest to goodness truth.
Confessing when you’re wrong is difficult especially when pride and ego can stand so strongly in the way. But we’re not perfect. Who are we not to make a mistake? It is by mistakes, failing, and not measuring up to our own standards, much to less to God’s standards, that we grow and experience grace and mercy in life. When we mess up, confession and repentance is freedom. If we never confess, we bind our own lives and hinder our hearts and souls from receiving mercy.
When we make mistakes and confess it, we reward ourselves with a healthy, clear conscience. Our honesty reverberates goodness to others. We build a rapport with ourselves and with other people as an honest, up-front person who can be trusted. A superficial person is not good to anyone. A truthful person can be trusted to be honest, to admit mistakes, and to build others up through their own shortcomings.
“An honest heart loves the Truth.”
— A. W. Pink