Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed... James 5:16
Have you ever heard the saying, "confession is good for the soul?"Well it's true. Have you ever notice how much lighter you feel after you have confessed to something you have done wrong? It's as if a ton has been lifted off of your shoulders.
When we have a burden that we have been carrying around, it weighs us down; mentally, physically, emotionally. But it doesn't have to be that way. Jesus has told us on numerous occasions that we can cast our cares on Him (see 1Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22). There is no reason why we should be carrying around burdens, guilt, or anything else when Jesus has offered to take them.
When we confess, we are agreeing with God and His Word. We are showing God that we trust Him and that we believe that He is capable and able to take care of us and our situation. Confession also proves that we know that we don't belong to ourselves, but to God.
Confession means to acknowledge guilt. When we acknowledge that we have done wrong, we are accepting responsibility for our behavior/actions. However, it we don't accept responsibility for our behavior/actions, and continue to blame others for our wrong doing, we miss the opportunity to grow in Christ.
Yes, we know that it doesn't feel good when the punishment is issued for what we have done. But if we want to have the life that Jesus says we can have in John 10:10, and if we want to live a life that is pleasing to Him, then when we mess up, we have to confess our faults so that we can get back on track. Otherwise, the enemy will use this as an opportunity to condemn us and keep us in our sin.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9