On completion of my list of sinful habits, I will confess
them to God and to someone that I trust.
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.
Now in possession of a list all the things about my character I needed to change and bring into line with God, His Word and His purpose I had to share it with someone else. An opportunity to unload the negative, release the guilt and shame that had troubles me for so long. Things I had never shared with anyone else.
For me he was a Salvation Army Officer, my counsellor on the Bridge Programme, the person who I did the ‘Navigators Bible Studies’ with. I trusted him more than I had trusted anyone else, ever in my life. We arranged to meet, I gave him the list of things I had written down and we went through them one by one, investigating resolution and solution for each one. The reason I gave him the list is because I am human, and if I hadn’t I may have been tempted to leave things out.
This step for me, got rid of the feelings of isolation the barriers and secrets my addiction had created in my life. Helped me to understand I was not unforgiveable. Helped me to accept that recovery requires rigorous honesty and if I was going to move forward from this point I needed to be honest about the things I had done, how that made me feel and I needed to find a way to fix the mistakes of my past.
1 John 1:8-9 “If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he [God] won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing.”