<<own up, come clean>>

It is only sin that is acknowledged and repented of that can be forgiven (1 Jn 1:9).

Adam, Eve and Saul didn’t own up, but tried to blame others when challenged about their sin (Gen 3:12,13; 1 Sam 15:15-21). Contrast this with David who said, “I will confess my sins to the Lord” and
“you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Ps 32:5, 51:1-4). There is freedom and a cleansing of the
conscience when we own up, even if we must suffer for the mistake. By accepting responsibility

It’s wrong to sin, but just as wrong not to admit it

without making excuses or self-justification healing of relationships can also occur. The conviction by the Holy Spirit can be intense but when acted on brings blessing (Ps 32:3,4; 2 Cor 7:10).

See also: accountability, acknowledge, confession, conviction, guilt, honesty.