us from living under the terrible burden of pretending to be someone we are not. It delivers us from veiled lies and hypocrisy. It keeps us from feeling superior to others. It helps us to face the truth about ourselves. But once we face the truth, we find forgiveness, freedom and unconditional love. God never leaves us in our shame; he lifts us out of it. Genuine confession releases us from self-condemnation.

Confession seems to be a need that we have. People are now being invited to confess their sins online. The Confessor ( is a web site that encourages people to examine their lives and confess their sins. The site encourages people to reflect on their lives and be honest about their sins. It displays promises from the Bible concerning confession, repentance, and forgiveness, then asks people to silently consider their sins or type them in spaces provided. No one but the person confessing is able to see the responses. In just two weeks this site has attracted 60,000 visitors worldwide, according to the Ecumenical News International.

The second thing we need to address is that: True confession is marked by sorrow. Real confession means that we regret what we have done. It is not that we are sorry we got caught, or that we regret the way things have turned out; we recognize that we have sinned against God, and offended and grieved him. Real sorrow fills our hearts. We understand that we have sinned against the one who has loved us most and has done the most for us. The Bible says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret” (2 Corinthians 7:10). There can be no real repentance without genuine sorrow. We have to understand how we have grieved the heart of God and hurt other people. Ultimately, even though we have sinned against others, our real sin is against God, our Creator. When David sinned, he said, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge” (Psalm 51:3-4).

Sin brings sorrow because it alienates us from God, from other people, and it leaves us broken within. We have rebelled against the God who loved us and broken our relationship with him. We have harmed other people and damaged our relationship with them. We have sinned against ourselves and it has left us broken inside. We need to confess in order to relieve the burden. Our tears wash away the guilt and shame of our behavior.

You remember the story of the prodigal son who rebelled against his father. The Bible says, “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of