Read: Psalm 32
The key to the Christian life is not our personal holiness, but our repentance.
It’s not a matter of trying to be perfect, but recognizing that we’re not. We need to fully admit that we are sinners. Far too many of us are dishonest about our sins.
Warren Wiersbe writes;
“True confession of sin involves repentance, a sincere change of mind. During that year when David covered his sins, he thought he would “get away” with something. But when Nathan confronted him with his sins, David’s heart smote him and he repented. There is a difference between admitting sins and confessing sins. Confession (1 John 1:9) literally means “to say the same thing.” If we say the same thing about our sins that God says about them, and we truly mean it, then we are confessing sin.
Beware of “cheap confession.” Merely praying with the lips, “Lord, I have sinned, please forgive me!” is not confession. True confession costs something—a broken spirit and a contrite heart (Ps 51: 17).
This does not mean that we do penance and earn forgiveness, but it does mean that we are so broken by our sins that we hide nothing from God.”
Until we can say, “God, You’re right, it’s wrong,” we haven’t really confessed. If you’re not ready to confess, maybe you need a little more distress in your life. David finally surrendered.