In light of today’s confession by Tiger Woods, here are some highlights of what biblical confession & repentance should look like. These are from Ken Sande, Peacemaking for Families: A Biblical Guide to Managing Conflict in Your Home. A book I highly recommend on the subject. They are the 7 – A’s of Confession with some follow-up questions you may be able to apply.
Address everyone involved.
To whom do you need to confess?
Avoid “if, but, and maybe.”
What excuses or blaming do you need to avoid?
What sins have you committed? What biblical principles have you violated against a holy God?
How might others feel as a result of your sin?
Accept the consequences.
What are the consequences of your sin? How can you help reverse the damage you have caused?
Alter your behavior.
What changes do you intend to make, with God’s help, in the way you think, speak, and behave? Results are immediate, verifiable, and unconditional.
Ask for forgiveness and allow time.
What might make the person whom you have wronged reluctant to forgive you? What can you do to make it easier for that person to forgive you?
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