Confess with caution and confidence

There is an extreme expectation that can arise from sayings like this, not to mention the anguish of betrayed confidences, the sheer wall of insensitivity, cold hearts and a lack of humility and empathy. Some people in the crowd lose their interest in our welfare when our weaknesses and errors come to light. Be careful to whom you “confess”.

One to another

If people think that God’s pardon is a loan imagine in what esteem they hold their own readiness to forgive. However well-intentioned a mutual confession might be, in a group or one-to-one, the chances of gossip and apathy are high.

Confess only to significant others, only to people whose likeness to Christ you have confirmed.

Do not give dogs what is holy [special to you], and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. Matthew 7:6