Create a Culture of Confession

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The gospel means freedom and healing for those who believe. Part of this healing and freedom comes from being honest and open about our own failures, knowing of the grace that covers them! What sort of impact might such honesty have in your home, with your children? In this post, Michael DiMarco discusses the liberating power of confession, and how parents can model a culture of confession in their homes.  Michael is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multi-site church in Nashville, TN. He has also authored numerous books, including God Guy and Die Young.

Michael described growing up in a home where confession was like a "white hot light of inquisition," much different from his wife's childhood home where nobody ever confessed. Describe how confession was treated in your home as a child.
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James 5:15-16 (ESV)

15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The verse above relays the grace and healing available to believers through confession. How have you experienced good fruit from confession? Why do you think it is often difficult to be open about personal struggles, even though we know of the grace and healing available to us in Christ?
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How do you currently handle the practice of confession with your children? Is it usually in the context of discipline? How do model forgiveness and grace to them?
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Michael shared a story where he was able to model confession and repentance in front of his daughter. Where might you be able to be more intentional about modeling the practice of confession in front of your children?
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As a parent, you have an incredible opportunity to model what a life of openness and freedom before the Lord looks like. As human beings, there is a natural tendency to hide our faults and failures, but the gospel frees us, and proclaims forgiveness for those who put their trust in Christ. Show your children what it is like to live in gospel freedom as you create a culture of confession in your home.

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