You and best friend have a fight. You go to home and so does BF.
That night your BF prays and decides to forgive you. BF sends you an email informing you of his/her forgiveness.
You read the email and decide to put off responding until tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and goes. The next day, the next week. You get another email from BF. You're still angry at BF and brooding over the fight. Six months later you get another email from BF. Before you know it, a year has passed and you still haven't responded to your BF's declarations of forgiveness.
You do a little checking with mutual friends and discover that BF has moved on in life and is apparently thriving in a new job and a new child. BF asked around about you for a month or two and expressed regret about the fight but said that he/she was over it and just wanted to be friends again.
While you've been wallowing in self-pity and anger, BF has forgiven you. But the friendship cannot be re-established until you respond to BF's declarations of forgiveness. BF can send you an email of forgiveness every minute of everyday until he/she dies, but there can be no friendship until you respond by receiving his/her forgiveness.
Confession is about receiving the forgiveness that God has already given to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ! All we have to do is go get it. Then your friendship with God is re-established.
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