Confession… good for the soul?

Yesterday we learnt of Denis Waterman’s death. We remember him as a tough cop in ‘The Sweeney’ and ‘Minder’ and more recently in ‘New Tricks’.

We still enjoy TV crime dramas. At the end of many is the ‘confession scene’. The criminal is confronted with their crime and they admit to it. Previously there have been lies and denial, but now there honesty and often relief. Confession brings emotional release.

Last week we watched the Shakespearean comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. In the final scene all of the lies and deceit were revealed; this led to a great confession by all, led to forgiveness and the final celebrations.

I have several friends whose marriages have gone through difficult times and resolved their problems through honesty and forgiveness. Confession leads to forgiveness

Norwich City lost again on Saturday – 4-0 against West Ham. There have been many confessions ‘We just aren’t good enough’ say the pundits in the local paper who usually support City. This morning David Freezer writes, ‘…there was little in the way of defensive ballast in the engine room.’ A lovely picture to all apart from Norwich supporters.

Fans players and management recognise Norwich’s shortcomings. In a few weeks’ time we shall be relegated from the Premiership. Next season will be a new season. Confession brings the chance for a fresh start.

Thomas Edison confessed to apparent failures in attempting to make a light bulb. He insisted: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Confession to failure was turned round to positive opportunity for success.

Yesterday I read of Logan Walker’s journey. He told his story – growing up in a Christian family and coming out as gay. This confession led to spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth. Confession can lead to growth.

Confession of our faults with each other is beneficial. Those of us with faith have experienced confession to our God that has led to emotional release, forgiveness, a fresh start and growth…

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