When we sin, should we only confess our sins to God/Jesus? Or should we confess them to other people also?
I think if we commit certain kinds of sins, like lusting for a woman I'm not married to for example, should only be between you and God.
In this case, I think it would probably make things worse if you did confess it to her.
Maybe this would also apply to coveting your neighbors Ferrari. Maybe you only have to confess this to God.
But what about other kinds of sins? What if I stole money from you? Should I only confess this God, or should I confess it to you?
In this case, is confessing it enough, or should I try to make restitution and pay you back if I can?
What if it was unintentional? Maybe I bought some things at a store, and they forgot to charge me for something. Should I go back and tell them?
Should I just keep it and confess it to God?
What about sins of accountability? For example say I'm not married, but I'm having sex with someone, now maybe that person is a Christian also.
Should I confess my sin of fornication to only God and them (they already know about it, and so does God) or should I confess it to another Christian
I trust to help me repent of this give me accountability?
What about sins you commit that confessing them could be dangerous? For example I'm a married woman who had a affair with a co-worker.
I feel guilty about this, and I know I should tell my husband, but if I do, I'm afraid he will kill me (literally).
Does un-confessed sin keep God from blessing us? Some verses I had in mind when I was posting this are...
Jas 5:16; Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
Psa 32:3; When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long.
Luke 11:2; And He said to them, "When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.
Luke 11:4; 'And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.'"
Matt 5:23; "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
Matt 5:24; leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.