My niece is nearing the finish line of potty training, but it hasn’t been a smooth ride. As many of you know potty training brings many messes and frustrations. Sometimes you wonder if they really understand what they’re supposed to do.

Olivia had already learned to pee on the potty, but No. 2 was taking a bit longer. One day she was in her playroom enjoying some time with her toys when she realized there was a mess in her pants. She knew that meant trouble and had to do something about it. Instead of heading to the bathroom, she took off the foul-smelling clothing and hid them, as only a two year old can. Her parents found the stained apparel and quickly grasped the fact that their daughter understood what she was supposed to do. She simply chose not to do it.

Ever since Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), man has attempted to hide his sin. We want others to perceive us as good people. We think hiding our sin will make it go away and smooth everything over. Actually, quite the opposite is true. Hiding it creates an even bigger mess when it is eventually discovered and causes stress within our own lives (Psalm 32:1-5).

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

‘Confess’ simply means “to agree or say the same thing as”. Confession isn’t something you do instead of asking God for permission. Confession is recognizing just how gross the action or thought was compared to how holy God is. It is a part of repentance leading to a change in heart, thought and action. Confession is part of living the life God intended. How have you done with the discipline of confession?