Sin is an offense against God. "Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight." Sin sets itself against God's love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become 'like gods'. Sin is thus, 'love of one self even to contempt of God.' Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
- by participating directly and voluntarily in them.
- by ordering, advising, praising and approving them.
- by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so.
- by protecting evil doers.
True confession leads to true healing because we stop trying to solve our problem and seek Him to wash us clean. It is turning away from pride and turning toward Him. We are already forgiven, we just need to accept it. James 4:6 says that, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." It is by His grace that we are forgiven.