I’m afraid that we’ve reached a period in which confession is highly regarded and repentance is dismissed as unnecessary or excessive. Both confession and repentance, however, are an indespensable part of the Christian life. Confession has to do with one’s acknowledgement of sin. Repentance, though, has to do with one’s changed thinking about sin and consequent change in life-direction. So don’t neglect the latter for the former. Both are necessary for a healthy Christian life. If you confess, you’ve only done half of what God expects from you. Without change (repentance), your confession is . . . well . . . pointless. Why bother confessing if you’re not going to change? The word from the Prophets, Apostles, and Jesus Himself is clear:
John the Baptist–“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'” Matthew 3:1
The Apostle Peter–“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” Acts 2:38
The Apostle Paul–“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30
Jesus–“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
You get the point . . . If you’re confessing but failing to change and kill your sin, the only person you’re fooling is yourself. Start being biblical. Start repenting!