Some of life’s missed opportunities can be traced to the meaning of words. Not the dictionary definitions — the definitions we give to the words out of our experiences.
Confession and repentance are two such words. For many they are the dirtiest words in the Christian vocabulary. They refer to practices that are designed to make people feel badly about themselves, drive them back to church, fill them with guilt, and force them to need God.
Those are lies out of hell.
The goals of confession and repentance are not about any of those things. They are about ground clearing. They are about naming and removing the obstacles that keep God from getting to us and giving to us.
They are not about making it possible for God to love us. They are about making it possible for us to see that God already does love us.
Why miss an opportunity like that?