Confessing one's sins is an important part of the Christian church. Confession is a powerful spiritual practice that helps you improve your life. We will explore what it means to confess and why it is important to do so on a regular basis.
What does confession mean?
Confession is a religious term and is usually done when someone has sinned and needs to ask for forgiveness from God. It entails a person admitting their sins to God. In the catholic church, where confession is a sacrament, this is done through priests due to their divine power. Confession and its core part repentance are crucial for forgiveness from sin.
It is also used in a non-religious sense, meaning to reveal or admit something that has been previously hidden to someone else. Confessions are often made when an individual feels guilty about their actions and wants to make amends for what they have done wrong. This could be anything from telling your partner you cheated. Finally, it can also be a major factor when it comes to the legal system and law enforcement with suspects confessing during questioning about their alleged crimes, whether those confessions are voluntary or involuntary. Confessing allows people to admit guilt and take responsibility for their actions.
Why confession is important?
Confession is a difficult but necessary part of faith and spiritual growth. Confessing one's sins to God is about more than just relieving guilt, it helps us grow closer to Him again. Through the sacrament of confession and the washing clean of grave sins, one returns to the state of sanctifying grace, which has been given at Baptism. This state is also described in the Bible as a wedding garment.
In sanctifying grace we are one with God. In the state of grave sin, we are separated from Him. That is why it is so important to regularly confess one's sins repentantly in Holy Confession.
How does confession work?
Before confession, a comprehensive examination of conscience is required. This can be done, among other things, on the basis of the ten commandments. At what point, for example, did I violate the commandment to love God or my neighbor? Deep repentance for the sins committed is an indispensable prerequisite for their forgiveness.
During confession before an ordained priest, which begins with introductory prayers, one remorsefully recites one's sins. Usually accompanied by an explanation of why and how it happened. This is usually followed by remarks or benevolent admonitions from the confessor. When all sins have been confessed, the priest, at his discretion, give absolution to the confessing believer. That is, he absolves the sinner of his sins by virtue of his office.
At the end of the confession, a penance is imposed, such as praying litanies or the rosary. These penitential acts are usually performed immediately after Confession. Coupled with the firm intention of not committing these sins in the future and making further progress in the virtues.
Ideally, immediately following confession, one participates in a Holy Mass to receive the Eucharist purely and solemnly.
How confession is good for the soul?
Making a confession is a pure balm for the soul. It is comparable to a mental car wash after which one shines again in full splendor. The whole guilt, which one loaded by the offense of God in addition, crimes against mankind, on itself, is washed off. By confessing my sins, I live again in the hope that I will be absolved of my guilt and will be able to live in peace.
Confessing one's sins feels good in a supersensible way because one feels within oneself that one is being cleansed of all the bad thoughts and feelings that previously weighed on one's conscience. It leads to greater self-confidence and resiliency going forward. Confessing our sins makes us better people because we are able to let go of past mistakes and feel better about ourselves as a whole person.
The fruit they will reap is deep inner peace. A peace that can only be obtained through God's presence and nothing else.
The perfect repentance
What should I do if I have sinned gravely? If I even have to die and can no longer confess?
Above all, do not despair, but trust and repent! No one has sunk so low that he cannot be saved by God's grace and Jesus' blood. Trust in the infinite, divine mercy that bled to death for you on the cross. Consider that the wounds of the crucified Savior are the most poignant expression of His infinite love and goodness, and then repent of all your sins out of love for God, praying with holy earnestness:
My Lord and my God! I repent of all my sins because I have offended You, the eternal, infinite love and goodness. I am determined to live and die according to Your holy will!
You, O God, my whole heart loves, and this is the greatest pain to me, that I grieve You, supreme good. O wash me clean with Your blood!
Or briefly: My Jesus, mercy!
Christians believe that confession has three purposes, which are to repair broken relationships with God and others, to receive forgiveness for sin, and as a way to clear out sins from our lives so we can be cleansed or purified before going back into god's society.
We all have things in our life that need healing - things like anger, fear, jealousy -and these often result in behaviors such as lying or stealing. But when you confess your sin without any reservation because you know it's not just about what you did but also who you are then there is no shame or guilt attached to your action. You're restored by the power of Jesus Christ! So why wait?
Confession time! Confession is good for the soul. Confessing your sins brings relief and a sense of accomplishment, as you have cleared your conscience. Confessions can be hard to make, but it's always worth it in the end. We hope this article has helped you learn more about confessing as often as possible! God bless you.