Sin is a defective state of human nature. It is anything that goes against or rather violates the commands of God. Sin is what keeps man estranged from God. To confess is to tell or make known something such as one's guilt of sin. Confession is the method man uses to unburden his guilt or the state of his conscience to God, or to someone close to him. Confessing sin is a requirement, or rather a commandment; charge.
Why Confess Your Sins
The scriptures tell us to 'Confess our faults one to another, and pray one for another, that we may be healed because the prayers of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). It is required of us to confess one to another because we are not islands. We are members of one body in Christ Jesus. Each one should be able to depend on the other for support and prayer. Yes! we can take it straight to the Lord. In fact the Bible tells us to take our burdens to the Lord (Psalm 55:22), however confession, because it involves forgiveness, has its ordained place in the Church. We must remember, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it (1 Corinthians 12:26). When we share each other’s burden we obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). The Church functions only when the members work together. So whatever the fault being confessed, whether it be a sin commited against another member, a sin that affected the church, or some self destruction, the confessor needs the support, forgiveness, re-assurance that God will forgive, and or humble loving correction. The Church should always earnestly; with purpose and sincere intent, pray for the needs of all its members.
God Loves YOU
Remember, We all fall short (Romans 3:23). Nothing you confess can make God love you any less. He demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).