Do we admit when we mess up? It can be so easy to just try to cover it up and move on, yet reading through Proverbs 28:1-14, we see this verse:
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
Proverbs 28:13 NASB
Are we willing to admit our mistakes? Certainly, God Himself has said He will forgive us, just look at 1 John 1:9. We also must be willing to admit to ourselves when we mess up. Finally, we must be willing to admit to others when we have wronged then. True humility and desire to change and try to make it right must accompany our confession to others. We also must realize that while God promises to forgive us and cleanse us, others do not nake that same promise to us and they may struggle with it. It’s also important to note that the verse indicates that we are to not only confess our sins, but forsake them as well.
Are we willing to own our wrongs and confess them to God, ourselves, and others? Will we turn from them? That is the only way to find compassion.