In his book Coping with Stress, psychologist C. R. Snyder shares research gleaned from years of clinical studies taken from the lives of patients struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, and the like. He and his colleagues noticed a positive trend in the lives of those who were willing to confess their secret sins and misgivings. In Chapter 10, entitled Dealing with Secrets, he shares the following good news:
People who tend to keep secrets have more physical and mental complaints, on average, than people who do not, including greater anxiety, depression, and bodily symptoms such as back pain and headaches…. The initial embarrassment of confessing is frequently outweighed by the relief that comes with the verbalization of the darker secretive aspects of the self.
All of us are going to sin. All of us have regret and shame as a part of our life story. But for those who are willing to be courageous enough to confess, peace – and much, much more – will be ours to enjoy. Perhaps that’s what the writer of Proverbs 28:13 meant.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Coping with Stress by C. R. Snyder. Oxford University Press, 2001, Page 200.
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