I’m a faker… and to one degree or another, you are too. There are times when we all act like we’ve got this Christian life figured out, when, in fact, we’re sinking on the inside. We fake holiness and spiritual-life competence because we think it will bring us respect, approval, or at least the peace of having avoided telling someone who we really are.
There are many reasons why this kind of cloak and dagger Christianity should not characterize us, but today let’s just consider one. I think we understand that if we were to freely reveal our struggles to another believer, we would benefit on some level from the words of counsel and comfort they would speak to us in return, but have you ever considered the good you would do for them?
When a person doesn’t have to pry open the real you, but instead, you willingly open up for them, you are communicating something crucial. You are saying, “I know there is grace for my sin.” People who believe that “in [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” (Ephesians 1:7) don’t hide their sin. Hiding sin is for those who believe that there is more to gain in keeping sin a secret than in confessing it. The reality is, however, that have already been given all there is to gain through the sacrifice of Jesus, who through his death removed our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).
The believer to whom you are confessing is struggling with some particular sin as well, and with your open confession, you are saying, “There’s grace for that… we don’t have to be afraid of sin anymore because sin has been dealt with in full.”