I know this word can conjure up all sorts of negative feelings, and that is too bad. It is simply the cleansing step. When we make a mess, we should clean it up. As we write our moral inventory, we will quite naturally see our messes. OUR messes—not the dirt others have thrown on us. Because we made the mess, we have the power to clean it up through the simple act of confession. The most painful, goopy, grimy actions of our lives can begin the process of being cleaned up with the simple words, “I was wrong. I am so sorry.” When we talk about spiritual health, this is the very core of that health. We can’t be healthy living in filth and scum. We can’t be spiritually healthy hanging on to the pain of past wrongs. Confess them. Get rid of them. Move on.


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