Sometimes the healing comes right away. Usually for the one making the confession there is a weight lifted. They've been carrying this burden, alone, and the load was just lifted from their shoulders. But for the person receiving the confession, the burden may have just begun. Ugly words rise from past hurts, suspicions, or simply the indignation that comes from finding out secrets weren't shared.
Questions upon questions rise like a stone wall between you. Just as our fleshly weaknesses lead to the need for confession, our fleshly responses to confession threaten to forestall the healing we are promised. But the Biblical response to confession is clear:
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much."
- James 5:16
We are to pray with one another when a weakness is exposed. God is a God of healing. If His intention is to heal the sinner, should it not be ours as well? Even when a confession hurts, God's response is for us to stand with the repentant and prop one another up!
Solitude can be healing, but if "iron sharpens iron" we need to be coming to the grindstone together. It is work. Grueling work. There is no room for selfishness. When Ezra wept bitterly at the sins of Israel, Israel wept with him. And a man named Shecaniah (whose name means "habitation of the Lord") said to Ezra:
"Arise! For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you;
be courageous and act."
- Ezra 10:4
We allow God to dwell (to habitate) among us when we are quick to forgive those who confess to us. When we prop one another up instead of putting one another down. When we tend to the afflicted rather than nursing our own wounds. In the end, the sin is against God - not us. Allow confession to bring healing to all involved.
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."
Rapha ... Healer ... can do His work through confession when we respond like Him. This is how confession brings healing. When you are overwhelmed and don't know that to do ... pray and don't stop until the healing begins.
"I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you."
- 2 Kings 20:5