02
Dec
09

Confession and Tiger Woods

I just read a great article. It’s an open letter to Woods telling him to fess up.  I encourage you to read it. It has been said that confession is good for the soul. Confession is good…period.  There is no way you can move past an area of sin and struggle until it is confessed.  Confession takes a lot of courage and humility. Confession recognizes: “my life is jacked up and I need God’s help”. This is why we need people in our lives who love us deeply, who facilitate confession and invite us into courage and humility.

A guy like Tiger appears to have his life together. His display of personal discipline is incredible.  He is one of the most successful people I can think of. And yet, perfection eludes all of us, including him.  Confession would do him well. Confession does all of us well.  There are excellent places to find help with our times of reflection and confession before God.

I don’t believe that every detail of every sin in my life should be shouted from the rooftop. There is such a thing as too much information and indulging in overexposure, however it is important to be authentic in our relationships as well. Confession is essential to killing sin in our lives. There is risk and we need wisdom with confession, that is why it requires humility and courage. If we are to move past the sin that so easily entangles us, hiding it, ignoring it, pretending it isn’t there, or some other passive-aggressive action is unhelpful. This only allows our sin to grow and control us.  We must deal with sin directly, and before God.

Remember:

  • 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Proverbs 28:13 – He who conceals his sins does not prosper,but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
  • James 5:16 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

Tiger Woods needs to admit his sin and seek forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  But, so do I, and so do you.

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