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It’s tempting to keep many things in the dark – believing out of sight, out of mind. But hidden sin often grows like cancer and robs our life and relationships of God’s best. While painful, confession is our path toward healing by bringing important matters into the light.

Of course, we don’t want to get stuck merely ruminating on the past. We cannot change what has happened and there’s no point of continuing to dwell on it. But this doesn’t mean we should keep the past hidden. In fact, avoiding important issues can be just as destructive as getting stuck in them.

Confession is bringing to the light our hidden sins and anything else that robs us of God’s best. Naturally, this is done with our trusted others as it’s not wise to share everything with everyone. But even here it takes much courage to share the dark and often embarrassing parts of our life with each other.

To be sure, we might be able to take many secrets to our grave. But such secrets still come with a cost. We’re left only sharing the carefully curated parts of ourselves because we cannot be open and honest with each other. And this leaves our relationships false, fake, and shallow, which also limits our ability to practice true love.

While we might admire each other’s fig leaves, we can only truly love when we allow ourselves to be fully seen and known. And confession opens this door – removing the barrier of darkness between us and enabling us to experience deep healing and goodness in the light.

In the end, don’t let secrets fester in the dark – robbing your life and relationships of their depth and vigor. Practice regular confession with your trusted others to stay in the healing power of the light.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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