The Discipline of Confession. And indeed it is. The traditional name for these practices is, of course, confession. They can not only put off, but confuse the alcoholic as to what the nature and the purpose of the practice actually is in our program. Still, our goal is not to confess our sins but to admit our defects. In effect, while acknowledging it borrowed the concept from religion via the Oxford Group , AA redefines confession for the alcoholic. Having examined them thoroughly during our inventory, we want to admit to the distorted emotions which drove us to harm others and which are harming us as well, e. We want to acknowledge the defects of character in us which are fueling these emotions, e.
‘At the heart of God is the desire to give and to forgive. It’s who God is’
Discipline Nine: Confession
Is the Discipline of Confession Working in You? Here is how you can find out. Take a careful look at this Discipline of Confession from God's most precious Word by examining your life and the passages above. Now ask yourself:. How do I exhibit a life of confession in my daily life now? What can I do to better be willing, in discipline, to be a person who confesses to God, and also to allow trusted others to hold me accountable?
Facebook Tweet Email Print. About two and a half years ago, I had just gone through quite a few major changes in my life, where I had moved cities and consequently church communities. I was sad, lonely, and had let my guard down allowing various sins into my life. Though I was a follower of Jesus, and had been for years, I felt distant from God and stuck in the muck that I had willingly chosen. This quote perfectly sums up how I had felt at the time:. We feel that everyone else has advanced so far into holiness that we are isolated and alone in our sin. We cannot bear to reveal our failures and shortcomings to others.
Join us as we journey through the twelve spiritual disciplines found in the book choosing to go deeper with Jesus and grow in our spiritual lives. You can also watch her video update too. If we know that God forgives us, why do we need confession? Surely God just knows? It comes down to this: there is freedom in confession. Yes, we may be alright at saying sorry when we do something wrong or hurt someone else. We may even be good at praying and asking God for his forgiveness. However, I suspect not many of us are good at confessing every sin in our lives. This can snare us, damage us and ultimately restrict our relationship with God.