The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Acknowledge, v.t. To confess. Acknowledgement of one another’s faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
Now I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess.
Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff – it is a palliative rather than a remedy.