Confession Does Not Mean Healing

Many of us feel that if we make a confession that our problems are solved.  We go on Facebook or Twitter and talk about the horrible day that we’re having, the person that wronged us, or how we don’t need a man.  We put ourselves out there not just to a few people, but for everyone to see.  Misspelled words, profanity, and all.  We feel a sense of release, but is it really?

This is absolutely not the way to do it .  When you use social media to express your feelings, you really need to be mindful of who may be reading it…family, friends, potential employers, or business partners.  When I read some posts, I’ll think, “Really?  Are your serious?  You actually wrote that on your page?”.

If you really want to start the healing process from whatever issue that you’re dealing with, I would first pray about it and talk to a GOOD friend or a counselor.  I emphasize GOOD because everybody can’t handle confessions or secrets.  Some of us shock easily. Also, a GOOD friend knows you the best, won’t be judgmental, and can always be counted on to give great advice.  (I can honestly say that I’ve heard it all, and with everything going on these days, nothing would surprise or shock me about anyone).

On the other hand, many of us are “anonymous” with our issues.  We think that if only God knows (or if nobody knows), then we’re good to go.  However, this past Sunday, I learned that we need to tell somebody else about our issue, whether it’s an addiction, bitterness, or loneliness; God can speak to us through that person.  His plan is for us to reach out to one another so that we can begin to heal.  To be honest, your secrets are never anonymous.  Somebody will figure it out.  They are just waiting for you to tell them about it.

So whatever your issue may be, don’t keep it bottled up inside.  On the other hand, don’t broadcast it all over social media, either.  You don’t need to tell everybody.  Find a person that you love and trust to confide in, or tell  a counselor. ( A counselor can only disclose information if they think that you may harm yourself or somebody else). Whoever you decide to have a heart to heart with, I wish you the best as you begin the healing process.