If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. ~1 John 1:8
this can be a "hard" question, but it doesn't have to be. Having a clear conscience is so freeing, and there is a lot of power in confessing a sin to another person, or in church during testimony time. It is so worth the "humiliation". It took me a number of years into my christian life to figure that out. I would drag around with a muddied conscience, trying to punish myself and to be sorry hard enough and long enough till I felt I could be forgiven. It totally revolutionised my life once I grasped how to deal with my slips and falls. How to repent and confess and stay on my knees till I KNEW I was forgiven and clear!!!!!!!!! Then I could go on my way rejoicing. I didn't have to punish myself, Jesus has taken the punishment for me. And He is so ready to forgive, but yes, there must be a humble willingness in our hearts to confess and repent.
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