I’ve had to deal with a lot of Christians who’ve lied to me. They lie about sins they say they’ve stopped or they refuse to admit they’re doing, even when I know better.
It’s not that I want to know every detail of sin in someone’s life. I’d honestly rather not be discouraged and disheartened in that way.
What really bothers me is the fact of unconfessed sin. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” We seem to think that sin is okay as long as no one finds out about it, but that’s simply not true.
James wants us to confess sin: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (5:16). Psalm 66:18 adds, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear”.
Unconfessed sin can damage your soul. Unconfessed sin wraps its tentacles around every part of your being and spiritually paralyzes you. A wall goes up between you and God when sin is left unconfessed. Nothing good comes from it, so summon the courage to admit your wrongdoing — and be healed.