Confession Keeps You Healthy

“When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable,  and I groaned all day long.” (Psalm 32:3 NLT)

Confessing my sin is good for my health; any psychologist  will tell you this. It’s good to clear your conscience and get things off your  chest. Your body is not made to hold it in. When you hold guilt inside you,  it’s like shaking up a soda can with the top on. It will blow eventually.

David says it this way in Psalm 32:3-5: “When I refused to  confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. . . . My  strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally I confessed all my  sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. . . . And you forgave me! All my  guilt is gone” (NLT).

David internalized his guilt, and it physically affected his  body. If you don’t talk out your problems, your guilt, your bitterness with  God, you’re going to take it out on your body.

Doctors say a lot of people could leave the hospital today  if they knew how to get rid of guilt or resentment over things they’ve done to  others and things others have done to them.

Talk  About It

Spend a few moments in prayer today asking God to forgive  you for the things you’ve done to others.

Then pray about any resentment and bitterness you are  holding against people who have hurt you. Ask God to help you forgive those  people so you can move on to better health.


Rick Warren is  the founding pastor of Saddleback  Church in  Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches.  Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His  book, "The Purpose Driven Church,"  was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is  also the founder of,  a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved.  Used by permission.


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