Galatians 6:1 – Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Anyone think confession is fun? Probably not. Being found in a fault arouses us to vainly defend ourselves even when we know that we are wrong. We would often hurt others rather than admit to our sin. It is basic human nature to try to protect our wounds, and sins are wounds.
For the same reasons that we prefer a doctor with good bedside manners, we need to realize that our ministry to others must be with meekness and tenderness. For this reason Jesus and the Apostles often reminded the churches of this truth. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Joy can come to us when we confess our sins, but sometimes we need to be confronted albeit gently. “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). Love like the Savior and bear one another’s burdens. Many hands make light work.