What Is Confession?

What Is Confession? - Psalm 32:5


When attempting to define a Bible word, it is always best to consult the Bible. When we do so with the word confession, we will arrive at a sound definition. In Joshua 7:19, the Bible uses the term confession and states that it is connected to the act of telling what a person has done and refusing to keep it hidden. In Psalm 32:5, confession is connected to acknowledging a matter and refusing to hide it. In Proverbs 28:13, confession is the opposite of covering sin. In John 1:20, confession is the opposite of denial. In Acts 19:18, confession is connected to shewing something. With all of the biblical evidence, we can boldly state that confession is the act of making something known that might otherwise be hidden.


  • (For smaller children) When God asked Cain where his brother Abel was, Cain said he did not know. Cain knew exactly where Abel was and so did God (Proverbs 15:3). He did not want to tell God because he was trying to hide what he had done to his brother.
  • What are some things that we as believers ought to be willing to confess (hint: Romans 10:9; 1 John 1:9)? How important is confession in your life?
  • We are so quick to make known things that ought to be kept quiet and so slow to confess the things that ought to be confessed. Are you confessing the right things?


  • Ask God to help you understand the importance of confession.
  • Ask God to help you confess the right things.


Have Thine Own Way, Lord!


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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22:18

For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.